President Joe Biden will deliver his first State of the Union address on March 1, the White House confirmed on Friday, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent the president a formal invitation to s ‘address to Congress and the American public one year after the start of his term.
Thank you for your bold vision and patriotic leadership in guiding America out of crisis and into an era of great progress, as we not only recover from the pandemic, but rebuild better, Ms. Pelosi wrote in her letter to Mr. Biden.
With this in mind, she continues, I am writing to invite you to speak at a joint session of Congress on Tuesday March 1 to share your vision for the State of the Union.
It will be the latest State of the Union address to be delivered by a President. The speech is normally scheduled for January, and sometimes for February. The delay is due in part to a busy legislative schedule, a winter spike in COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant and the upcoming Winter Olympics, which will monopolize airtime.
The last State of the Union address was delivered by then-President Donald Trump on the eve of his acquittal by the Senate in his first impeachment trial.
Mr Biden first addressed a joint session of Congress in April 2020, about 100 days after he began his White House induction. He then promoted bills on infrastructure, a light version of which was adopted, and a text on national spending, which was postponed.
A speech to Congress in the president’s first year is not an official State of the Union speech, and Mr. Biden’s April speech bore little resemblance to it due to strict COVID protocols -19. It had been marked by participation limits, the absence of guests, and the presence of lawmakers seated both on the floor of the Chamber and in the galleries above.
Officials said the pandemic precautions for this year’s speech are still being worked out, although they expect the event to look more like a traditional speech on the state of the Union.