A Democratic senator and Republican senator are heeding the suggestion of one of their colleagues, Sen. Mark UdallMark Emery UdallKennedy apologizes for calling Haaland a 'whack job' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Haaland courts moderates during tense confirmation hearing | GOP's Westerman looks to take on Democrats on climate change | White House urges passage of House public lands package Udalls: Haaland criticism motivated 'by something other than her record' MORE (D-Colo.), to sit together durign President Obama's upcoming State of the Union address.
The address traditionally has a chamber audience divided by party on either side of the aisle.
But in the wake of the political discourse debate spurred by the Tucson shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), Udall called for lawmakers to symbolically soften the partisan divide.
Sen. Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats' do-or-die moment Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Progressives push for fossil subsidy repeal in spending bill MORE (D-N.Y.) said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that after Udall's call, he called Sen. Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnBiden and AOC's reckless spending plans are a threat to the planet NSF funding choice: Move forward or fall behind DHS establishes domestic terror unit within its intelligence office MORE (R-Okla.) and asked if he wanted to sit together during the speech.
Coburn said yes.
"Tom and I have real differences but we do it civilly," Schumer said.
Coburn cautioned, though, against linking the calls for polite political discourse to the motive of the likely mentally ill shooter in Arizona.
"What we can't question is our president's love for our country, Chuck Schumer's love for our country," Coburn said.
"Chuck and I have been able to work on multiple bills because we sit down and work it out," he added.