After yesterday’s bipartisan seating arrangement at the State of the Union, Rep. Joseph Crowley said that Congress had more to do to prove that it could work together to solve the nation’s most pressing problems.
“It’s not where we sit,” he said in a phone call from his office immediately following the speech. “It’s who we work with tomorrow.”
Crowley declined to join in the bipartisan party, sitting through the State of the Union without a seating buddy.
“I didn’t think it was a silly idea,” Crowley said, adding, however that, “I work every day with Republicans.”
Crowley is the leader of the New Democrats caucus in the House, a group of centrist, pro-business Democrats.
Crowley, however, said that he declined to clap along with Obama spoke about the need for tort reform.
“I need to know more information about how it would be implemented,” he said. “It didn’t stop me from clapping along with things I agree.”
Some of those things include immigration reform, jobs, and a more redistributive tax policy.
“It’s not about class warfare,” he said. “It’s about shared sacrifice.”