Republican Ros-Lehtinen, Democrat Frankel To Sit Together at State of Union
Washington, DC – South Florida Congresswomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) and Lois Frankel (FL-22) announced today that they will sit together during President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday in a show of bipartisanship and as part of their ongoing commitment working across party lines to make progress for South Florida.
“We are friends and colleagues who regularly work together on everything from issues involving the economy and Middle East and so we wanted to sit together to remind folks at home that we stand united in solving problems and breaking gridlock in Congress for South Floridians,” Ros-Lehtinen and Frankel said.
Ros-Lehtinen and Frankel serve together on the House Foreign Affairs Middle East Subcommittee and have joined forces on a number of issues critical to South Florida such as strengthening the local economy and advancing Everglades Restoration, addressing rising flood insurance rates and working together on a range of foreign policy issues.
In past years, Republicans and Democrats sat on opposite sides of the chamber in the U.S. Capitol during the State of the Union, however members of Congress have paired up in recent years to project unity, civility and bipartisanship. The tradition of some Members from opposite parties sitting together began in the wake of the Tucson shooting in January 2011.