WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the spirit of bipartisanship, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) announced they will sit together during President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday. Democrats and Republicans have traditionally sat on different sides of the House chamber during the speech until 2011.

"Our nation confronts a host of challenges that will require serious bipartisan solutions," said Casey. "Sen. Toomey and I work together regularly on behalf of Pennsylvanians. I look forward to once again sitting with him at the State of the Union and hope this small gesture will help foster a spirit of bipartisanship in Congress."

"I am proud to sit with my fellow colleague from Pennsylvania, Sen. Bob Casey," said Toomey. "We plan to work together - as we have in the past - to help our fellow Pennsylvanians. Bipartisan seating at the president's speech is symbolic and sets a civil and cooperative tone for the challenging work ahead of us. Sen. Casey and I will meet that symbolism with action in this Congress."