Bipartisan seating arrangements catching on 

The call for a bipartisan kumbaya moment on the House floor for the upcoming State of the Union address is apparently resonating with members of Congress.

Sens. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and Mary Landrieu, D-La., announced Thursday they plan to sit together at the event, scheduled for Tuesday night in the House chamber.

The two run the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.

Landrieu said she is joining 30 other senators in the effort to end the tradition of Republicans sitting on the right side of the dais and Democrats on the left. Landrieu said she would be sitting on the Republican side, next to Snowe.

"Although Olympia and I are members of different political parties, we are first and foremost Americans," Landrieu said.

The call for the two sides to sit together came in the aftermath of the shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz. While the gunman is being portrayed as mentally ill, the incident has been linked to vitriolic political rhetoric and bitter partisanship in Washington.

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