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   Proposal for bipartisan seating at State of the Union gains support

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1/13/2011 5:00 pm

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Daniel Strauss

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Entered 1/13/2011, Updated 1/13/2011

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Top-ranking Democrats from both chambers of Congress are endorsing the idea of ending the tradition of divided seating for this year's State of the Union address. In statements released by their offices, Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking Democrat who also chairs the Democratic Policy Committee, and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said they support a proposal by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) to end the tradition of partisan seating at the State of the Union address. On Wednesday, Udall sent a letter to House and Senate leaders of both parties introducing the idea. “Sen. Udall has the right idea," Schumer said in his statement. "This would be a great way to start off the new session in a bipartisan way following up on the cooperation during the lame-duck and the president’s speech urging all Americans to come together.”


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