The Senate minority leader is still recovering from an exercising accident.
Alexander Bolton 01/20/15 11:10 AM EST
State of the Union offers opportunity to "turn the page," McConnell said.
President Obama's address will dominate the day.
The 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" will be in early March.
The U.S. "has been strengthened by his legacy," the House majority whip said.
The markup comes as the GOP remains divided over immigration policy.
Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) is bringing 103-year-old Amelia Boynton to the speech.
Obama's address will be bookended by debate on the two controversial issues.
The father of Christopher Ross Michaels-Martinez will be the guest of Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.) at the State of the Union next week.
It's the second Friday session of the year with no votes and few speakers.