Sen. Mark UdallMark Emery UdallSenate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Democratic primary could upend bid for Colorado seat Picking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups MORE (D-Colo.) would like to use the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) fleet of sailboats for a bipartisan Senate retreat.

"We have talked a little bit about a bipartisan team building retreat,” Udall told The Hill in an interview. He then raised the idea of using the fleet of the former senator, who died in 2009. 

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“We would use Sen. Kennedy's sailing fleet. We could get 30 or 40 of us on there,” he said.

Udall came up with the idea of bipartisan seating for Tuesday night's State of the Union address, which will see much of official Washington crowd on to the House floor tonight to hear President Obama. 

Udall said he has not yet talked to his colleagues about the idea of a sailing retreat, but said he thinks it is something they would really “grab hold of.”

The freshman senator has been energized by Congress’s enthusiastic reception of his idea for bipartisan seating. Senators and House members alike have been in a rush to find "dates" for the president's address, and the seating arrangements have been a driver of press coverage. 


Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOvernight Energy: Pruitt proposes rule targeting 'secret science' | Dems probe Pruitt's security chief | FAA bill provisions could strip endangered species protections Senators press administration on mental health parity Overnight Energy: Watchdogs unveil findings on EPA, Interior controversies | GAO says EPA violated law with soundproof booth | IG says Zinke could have avoided charter flight | GOP chair probes Pruitt's four email addresses MORE (R-Alaska), who appeared at a press conference to promote bipartisan seating for the address, admonished reporters that they should still focus on substance, not just bipartisan fun.

“I do hope though that you all, as those who are covering the president's comments, don’t spend the whole evening focusing on who is sitting next to who,” Murkowski said to a room full of about 50 reporters. “Its like going to the prom and worrying about who is wearing what dress. To a certain extent this has been a little like 8th grade." 


In his comments in a press conference earlier on Tuesday, Udall also said he and other senators are thinking of finding a way to get the entire Senate together once a month to discuss policy over lunch. 

In another reflection of bipartisan spirit, Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillOvernight Cybersecurity: Homeland Security official says Russia likely targeted more than 21 states | Senate approves Trump's NSA chief | Lawmakers unveil bipartisan internet privacy bill Senators debate new business deduction, debt in tax law hearing Russia likely targeted more than 21 states before 2016 election: official MORE (D-Mo.) said she intends to invite Budget Committee Chairman’s Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHenry Kissinger, Tim Cook among guests at White House state dinner Overnight Finance: Stocks fall hard | Trump sending delegation to China for trade talks | SEC fines Yahoo M over breach | Dodd-Frank rollback dominates banking conference To keep control of House, GOP must have McCarthy as next Speaker MORE (R-Wisc.), who has been depicted lately by Senate Democratic leadership as something of a budget bogeyman, out for dinner to discuss his better ideas.