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Oregon lawmakers bring special guests to Trump’s Address to Congress

President Donald Trump speaks while posing for a photo with the National Association of Attorneys General, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Trump is set to address the Joint Session of Congress Tuesday night, and several Democratic lawmakers plan to bring special guests to the event.

This is Trump’s first presidential speech to Congress, and it is being compared to a “State of the Union” address. President Trump's speech is set to start at 6 p.m. PST.

As a statement, many House Democrats plan on bringing guests of immigrant backgrounds, Dreamers or those of Muslim faith.

Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer has invited Wajdi Said, the president and co-founder of the Muslim Educational Trust, co-founder of the Oregon Coalition for Muslim Values, the Arab-Jewish-Muslim Dialogue, the Institute for Christian/Muslim Understanding and the Interfaith Council of Greater Portland.

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) will be bringing Mark Mitsui, president of Portland Community College.

Oregon Democratic Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden plan to bring guests who have been saved by treatments through the Affordable Care Act, which Trump has vowed to repeal and replace.

Sen. Merkley will bring Marlene Barbera and her son Michael, who both received lifesaving liver transplants through the Affordable Care Act.

Sen. Wyden is planning to bring Maleta Christian, a Myrtle Creek woman who credits a cancer screening through the ACA for detecting ovarian cancer early.

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