WASHINGTON, D.C. -Jan. 21, 2011
U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) and Congresswoman Renee Ellmers (R-NC) today announced that they will sit together during the President’s State of the Union address on January 25.
“I look forward to sitting with Congresswoman Ellmers at the State of the Union,” said Hagan, who this week signed a letter pushing for bipartisan seating.”
“Sitting together at the State of the Union is an important symbol of bipartisanship among the North Carolina delegation. We are committed to working across the aisle for North Carolinians. It’s time for Democrats and Republicans to put aside partisan differences and work together to make progress on the pressing issues facing our country.”
“I gladly accepted Senator Hagan’s kind invitation to sit with her during the State of the Union speech next week,” Ellmers said. “There have already been many “firsts” in the 112th Congress beginning with the reading of the Constitution from the House floor.
Ellmers said that as a citizen legislator she hopes “this continues and we can come together to agree on solutions to get the people of our state and country back to work.”
Senator Hagan on Tuesday announced her support for bipartisan seating among Members of Congress during the State of the Union address next week. In the past, Democrats and Republicans have sat in partisan blocs. Hagan signed a letter written by Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) to Congressional leaders pushing for bipartisan seating.
The Washinton Post is reporting that at least 60 members have now signed on to show support. Five other members from North Carolina are now listed including Congressmen Larry Kissell and Mike McIntyre.
“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.”
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