SOTU Prom dates: Lowey and Granger
The top Republican and Democrat on the House Appropriations’ State and Foreign Operations subcommittee join the long list lawmakers who will sit next to each other at Tuesday’s State of the Union address as symbol of bipartisanship. Incoming chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) will sit next to former chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) for the speech, Lowey’s ...
The top Republican and Democrat on the House Appropriations' State and Foreign Operations subcommittee join the long list lawmakers who will sit next to each other at Tuesday's State of the Union address as symbol of bipartisanship.
The top Republican and Democrat on the House Appropriations’ State and Foreign Operations subcommittee join the long list lawmakers who will sit next to each other at Tuesday’s State of the Union address as symbol of bipartisanship.
Incoming chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) will sit next to former chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) for the speech, Lowey’s spokesperson Matthew Dennis told The Cable.
"Nita Lowey and Kay Granger have always worked across the aisle, and now they won’t be separated by one during the State of the Union," he said.
But don’t expect the State and foreign aid budget, which Granger and House Foreign Affairs Committee chairwoman Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) have pledged to cut, to be a big focus of President Obama’s remarks.
"Congresswoman Lowey anticipates a domestic focus to this year’s speech, but if President Obama has grand ideas for diplomacy and development, he’ll know exactly where to look," Dennis said.
Granger and Lowey become the latest in a long list of lawmakers who have agreed to be each other’s "dates" to Tuesday night’s event.
"I’m bringing the popcorn; he’s bringing a Coke with two straws," said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) about his plan to sit next to Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL).
UPDATE: Ros-Lehtinen will not be able to attend the speech due to the illness of her mother.
"I was greatly looking forward to sitting during the State of the Union address with members of our bipartisan Congressional women’s softball team, headed by Congresswomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Joanne Emerson," Ros-Lehtinen said. "However due to my mother’s failing health from Alzheimer’s complications, I will stay at her bedside at Miami’s Baptist Hospital."
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