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photo: office of Congressman Joe Heck

photo: office of Congressman Joe Heck

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(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–Two Las Vegas-area Congressmen are welcoming constituents as guests at the State of the Union Address.

Joe Heck, Republican of the Third District, welcomed Clark High School teacher Amy Evers to the capitol as his personal guest for the address.

Ms. Evers, a government and economics teacher, contacted the office via email asking to attend the speech highlighting her combined passions of teaching and government, even noting that she requires her students to watch the State of the Union address every year.

Congressman Steven Horsford, a Democrat representing Nevada’s fourth district, welcomed Tamika Woods. The unemployed electrician spoke with KXNT in a phone interview before the speech, saying she hoped President Obama would address jobs issues in the State of the Union.

Horsford’s office says Woods stands to lose her unemployment benefits in two weeks. Horsford and other Democrats have been pushing for an extension of benefits that go beyond the normal 26 weeks to address the nation’s continuing jobless situation. This week, figures showed Nevada’s unemployment rate fell in December from 9.0% to 8.8%, but remains one of the nation’s highest.

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