Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) “today announced her support for bipartisan seating among Members of Congress during the State of the Union address next week,” according to a press release from her office.
“Each year, when Congress should be demonstrating its commitment to work together in the coming year to address our most pressing national challenges, Democrats and Republicans instead sit separately and reinforce the perception of constant partisan warfare in Washington, D.C.,” Hagan said. “This year, it’s time we stop this partisan seating arrangement and begin the year with a strong statement of unity. It’s my belief that Democrats and Republicans must put aside partisan differences and work together to tackle the critical issues that face our nation. I’m hopeful that this year we will set a new, bipartisan tradition for the State of the Union.”
Meanwhile, Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) “today indicated that he is open to a bipartisan seating arrangement during the president’s State of the Union address next week,” according to a press release from his office.
"Sitting in a unified fashion at the State of the Union Address will not diminish the important differences our parties have on issues of substance, but it may well be a step in changing the tone of the debate,” said Johanns. “I welcome the opportunity to take this step toward greater civility.”