President Joe Biden on Tuesday accepted an invite from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to handle a joint session of Congress on April 28.
“The President has accepted the invitation of the Speaker of the House to address a Joint Session of Congress on April 28, the night before his 100th day in office,” the White House stated in an announcement.
Pelosi had publicized her invitation to Biden hours earlier.
“Nearly 100 days ago, when you took the oath of office, you pledged in a spirit of great hope that ‘Help Is On The Way.’ Now, because of your historic and transformative leadership, Help Is Here!” Pelosi wrote in a letter to Biden.
“In that spirit, I am writing to invite you to address a Joint Session of Congress on Wednesday, April 28, to share your vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment.”
Biden has face criticism for delaying his first handle in distinction to his predecessors. President Donald Trump delivered his first speech to Congress on February 28, roughly two months sooner than Biden.
Presidents often use their first handle to rejoice their early accomplishments and chart a course for his or her administration for the years forward. Biden is prone to rejoice the passage of the pandemic stimulus invoice, which cleared the Senate with out the assist of a single Republican. The president may also probably the torrent of government actions he took within the early days of his time period.
The early actions included the reversal of greater than a dozen key border and immigration insurance policies of the Trump administration. The reversals triggered a flood of unlawful immigrants at a tempo unseen in many years.
Biden may also promote the $2.3 trillion infrastructure package deal he unveiled earlier this month. Republicans have blasted each the pandemic reduction invoice and the infrastructure proposal as having little to do with both the pandemic or infrastructure.
Traditionally all members of Congress and friends collect for a joint session within the House, the bigger of the 2 chambers. However, the handle is prone to look totally different this yr because of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic.
Social distancing restrictions have been in place throughout the pandemic that require House lawmakers to conduct flooring votes and different enterprise in smaller teams, somewhat than convening a whole lot within the chamber without delay. Masks are required and the general public guests galleries, often crammed for such an occasion, have been closed throughout many of the pandemic.
Presidents don’t ship a State of the Union handle to Congress till their second yr in workplace.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
From The Epoch Times