Rep. McCotter dismisses bipartisan 'date night'

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McCotter's office did not immediately respond for comment. However, a large number of his colleagues have already signed up to repeat last year's new tradition of crossing the aisle to sit beside a member of the opposite party for the president’s annual speech. 

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has lined up her date for Tuesday night’s big event.

Pelosi tweeted: “I will be sitting again next to my friend and fellow Marylander Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) at #SOTU tonight.”

Pelosi and Bartlett were seatmates last year.

Other announced seatmates include Sens. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenGOP senators: Brexit vote a wake-up call Overnight Defense: Senate rejects new FBI surveillance powers | Brexit vote looms | Push for new military aid deal with Israel Senators push vote to condemn Russia's 'reckless actions' MORE (D-N.H.) and Rob PortmanRob PortmanJuan Williams: GOP sounds the sirens over Trump Gun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA McConnell quashes Senate effort on guns MORE (R-Ohio); Sens. Mary LandrieuMary Landrieu oil is changing the world and Washington Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Republican announces bid for Vitter’s seat MORE (D-La.) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.); Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiKerry visits Arctic Circle to see climate impacts Senate panel clears EPA spending bill, blocking rules Momentum slows for major energy bill MORE (R-Alaska) and Mark UdallMark UdallColorado GOP Senate race to unseat Dem incumbent is wide open Energy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium MORE (D-Colo.); Sens. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsThis week: Zika, Puerto Rico fights loom ahead of recess Gun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA House Republicans pushing gun control bill MORE (R-Maine) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.); Sens. Kay HaganKay Hagan10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2016 Senate Republicans are feeling the 'Trump effect' Washington's lobby firms riding high MORE (D-N.C.) and John McCainJohn McCainJuan Williams: GOP sounds the sirens over Trump Marines reignite debate on women in combat Gun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA MORE (R-Ariz.); Reps. Ron KindRon KindHouse caucus to focus on business in Latin America Wisconsin Dems call on party to end superdelegates Lawmakers, small businesses praise employee stock ownership plans MORE (D-Wis.) and Dave ReichertDavid ReichertLawmakers, small businesses praise employee stock ownership plans Bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduces tariff bill Business ups pressure for tariff relief MORE (R-Wash.); and Sens. Mark BegichMark BegichSenate GOP deeply concerned over Trump effect Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium MORE (D-Alaska) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).

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