Joe Biden first State of Union address set for April 28


President Biden plans to address a joint session of Congress on April 28, the White House said Tuesday evening.

The appearance will be Mr. Biden’s first speech before a joint session.

“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,” a White House official said.

Earlier Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California had sent a letter to Mr. Biden to formally invite the president to speak.

Mrs. Pelosi said she was inviting the president “to share your vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment.”

The White House had said recently they were still finalizing a date for the address.

Mr. Biden’s recent predecessors gave their initial speeches to Congress in February.

The timeline slipped this year as lawmakers instituted social distancing protocols in the House chamber due to the coronavirus pandemic.

House members and senators typically cram together in close proximity for joint sessions like the State of the Union Address and it’s unclear what protocols will be in place in two weeks.

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