Tradition Broken During President's Speech

Tradition Broken During President's Speech

Members cross aisle and sit with members of opposite party.

It has long been a tradition that Republicans set on one side of the center aisle and the Democrats set on the other side during a President's State of the Union Address. This year was different.  In a show of bipartisanship, Senators and Representatives crossed the House isle to set with members of the opposite party. Beforehand, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said the unity that members of both parties will demonstrate is very encouraging. 

As an example Stabenow sat with Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Pat Roberts, R-Kan. Stabenow pointed out that for years, they have worked together to get things done in the committee, and she looks forward to continuing a relationship focused on results rather than party labels. Stabenow is the incoming Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

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