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Energy secretary to skip State of Union address

2 years ago February 12, 2013 Feb 12, 2013 Tuesday, February 12 2013 Tuesday, February 12, 2013 6:29:45 PM CST in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The White House says Energy Secretary Steven Chu will not attend President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

Traditionally, one Cabinet member does not travel to the House chamber for the speech in order to preserve the government and keep it functioning in case of a major calamity. Members of Congress, the Cabinet and the Supreme Court typically attend the annual event.

Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, announced earlier this month that he is stepping down after serving in the post during Obama's first term.

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