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Members of Congress Announce Guests For State Of The Union

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Katherine Hackett, President Obama (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Katherine Hackett, President Obama (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

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Some members of the Connecticut Congressional delegation have announced their planned guests for Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.  WTIC 1080 will stream the CBS coverage of the speech live at wtic.com,  and will carry the address on a delayed basis on WTIC NewsTalk 1080 following University of Connecticut women’s basketball. Among the issues being emphasized in the representatives’ selections are unemployment, manufacturing and immigration.

Second District Congressman Joe Courtney’s guest for the speech will be Katherine Hackett of Moodus,  the unemployed mother of two U.S,. servicemen whose unemployment compensation benefits ended December 28 when the federal program of emergency benefits expired.  Hackett was chosen to introduce President Obama at a White House event as he called on Conbress to extend the emergency benefits.

Fifth District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty’s guest will be Lori Pelletier,  head of the Connecticut AFL-CIO.  Esty says the two hope to emphasize the imortance of strengthening American manufacturing and supporting growth of middle-class jobs.

Fourth District Congressman Jim Himes says his guest will be Lucas Codognolla of Stamford,    lead coordinator of the “CT Students for a DREAM”  (“Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors”) effort.  Codognolla is a University of Connecticut graduate brought to this country illegally by his parents when he was a child. Himes says he wants to bring attention to the immigration reform.

Third District Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has invited activist Lilly Ledbetter,  the plaintiff in the Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Supreme Court employment discrimination case,  for whom the Fair Pay Act of 2009 was named.

First District Congressman John Larson’s guest will be East Hartford Mayor Marcia LeClerc.

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