Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.). (AP) Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) (AP)

President Obama may get some help from members of the audience during his State of the Union address later this month when he calls on Congress to pass an extension of unemployment insurance and to raise the minimum wage.

That's because dozens of lawmakers are expected to invite constituents who lost unemployment benefits to be their invited guests to the big speech. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.)  sent a letter to colleagues this week urging them to find a constituent to bring to Washington to "put a face on this issue, and for us all to gain a greater understanding of the effect unemployment insurance has on the people we represent."