WASHINGTON (AP) — The first lady isn't the only one who gets to invite guests to the State of the Union speech. The visitors' gallery above the House floor tonight will be filled with an eclectic group of guests invited by members of Congress.
They include Willie Robertson, one of the stars of the "Duck Dynasty" show on A&E. He's the guest of Republican congressman Vance McAllister of Louisiana. Robertson is the son of Phil Robertson, who was temporarily suspended from the shot after making anti-gay remarks.
Charles Woods will be there. He's the father of Ty Woods, a Navy SEAL who was killed in the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. He's the guest of Republican Congressman Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma.
Republican leaders have urged members to invite people for whom the new health care law is a burden. House Speaker John Boehner's (BAY'-nurz) guests are business owners from his Ohio district, including a man who says the new law is limiting his efforts to expand his business.
On the other side of that issue, Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida is hosting a small business owner whose wife was diagnosed with Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. In December, Martin West signed his family up for health insurance under the new law.
Two Democratic lawmakers say they are hosting the mother and sister of Kenneth Bae (beh), an American who's been held in North Korea since 2012.
APPHOTO WX113: FILE - This Sept. 8, 2013 file photo shows TV's "Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson walking on the field before an NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons in New Orleans. Those filling the visitors' gallery high above the House during President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night are not elected like their lawmaker hosts. But they are faces of American politics, culture and tragedy circa 2014. Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander and star of the A&E show is the guest of Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La. (AP Photo/Bill Feig, File) (8 Sep 2013)
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APPHOTO WX104: FILE - This Jan. 20, 2014 file photo shows American missionary Kenneth Bae speaking to reporters at Pyongyang Friendship Hospital in Pyongyang. The gallery over the House of Representatives is filling up for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Democratic congressmen Rick Larsen of Washington and Charles Rangel of New York announced Tuesday they will host Bae's mother and sister. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon, File) (20 Jan 2014)
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