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House passes resolution to set State of the Union for Feb. 5

The State of the Union is chugging along to its Feb. 5 rescheduled date. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Any animosity over the delayed State of the Union appeared to be rapidly heading into the rear-view mirror, as the House passed a concurrent resolution providing the chamber host a joint session so Congress can hear from President Donald Trump on Feb. 5. 

Around 3:20 Tuesday afternoon, the House agreed, by unanimous consent, to the concurrent resolution calling for the joint session. Things have happened pretty quickly since the end of the shutdown on Friday. 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Trump agreed on Monday to have the speech on Feb. 5., following a phone call between the two leaders in the afternoon. 

On Tuesday afternoon, Democrat Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost a gubernatorial bid in Georgia last year, was announced as the official Democratic response to the State of the Union speech. 

The Senate is expected to follow suit in passing the concurrent resolution shortly, putting the ill will officially behind the legislative and executive branches, at least when it comes to the SOTU. 

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