WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on April 28.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi extended the invitation to Biden on Tuesday, “to share her vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment.” The White House said Biden accepted the invitation.
The speech will come just before Biden’s 100th day in office and will provide him with an opportunity to update the American public on his progress toward delivering on his promises. It will also give you a chance to defend the $ 2.3 trillion infrastructure package it unveiled earlier this month, which the House aims to pass on July 4.
Traditionally, all members of Congress and guests meet for a joint session in the House, the larger of the two houses. However, the direction is sure to look different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Social distancing restrictions have been put in place during the pandemic that require House lawmakers to conduct floor voting and other matters in smaller groups, rather than summoning hundreds into the chamber at once. Masks are required and the public visitor galleries, generally packed for such an event, have been closed for most of the pandemic.
Details on the Capitol’s preparation for the event were not immediately available.
Presidents don’t deliver a State of the Union address to Congress until their second year in office.