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Begich Supports Bi-Partisan Seating at State of the Union


Joins letter asking Congressional leaders to support effort

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is joining a letter urging members of both houses to sit together during President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address. The idea that members of Congress should sit together regardless of party affiliation started with Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colorado) and is quickly gaining support in Washington.

“I think Democrats and Republicans sitting together at the State of the Union is an excellent way to show we share a common goal of working to make this country a better place for every American,” Begich said. “It may only be a symbolic gesture on one evening, but I believe it’s a positive step toward showing unity and ending some of the partisan practices that have become common.”

The letter being circulated to other members of Congress and urging party leaders to support the bi-partisan seating says it is important to show the nation that the most powerful deliberative bodies in the world can debate their differences with respect, honor and civility.

“Perhaps by sitting with each other for one night we will begin to rekindle that common spark that brought us here from 50 different states and widely diverging backgrounds to serve the public good.”

In an effort to show continued unity on behalf of Alaska, Sen. Begich has reached out to Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young requesting they sit together as a delegation.

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