Speaker Nancy P. Pelosi has invited
President Joseph R. Biden to address
Joint Session of Congress
On April 13, 2021, Speaker of the House Nancy P. Pelosi
announced that President Joseph R. Biden has been invited to address a Joint Session of Congress on April 28, 2021.
“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! 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,” is what Speaker Nancy P. Pelosi
wrote in a letter to President Joseph R. Biden.
Unlike the State of the Union Address
that is governed by Article II Section 3 of the Constitution, the president’s address to a Joint Session of Congress occurs whenever the House and Senate agree, via a resolution in the House and a resolution in the Senate, to let the President of the United States come before Congress to give an address.
Presidents usually give an address to a Joint Session of Congress during their first year in office with the State of the Union coming the year after the address to a Joint Session of Congress has been given.
President George W. Bush
gave an address to a Joint Session of Congress on February 27, 2001, and his first State of the Union
speech on January 29, 2002. President Barack H. Obama
gave his first address to a Joint Session of Congress on February 24, 2009, and his first State of the Union
speech on January 27, 2010.
Due to the concerns over the deadly insurrection that occurred on January 6, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden’s first address to a Joint Session of Congress was moved to a later date in order to ensure the safety of the president, the first lady, congressional members, and their guests.
During his address to a Joint Session of Congress, President Joseph R. Biden is expected to focus on the issues that were a central part of his presidential campaign which were the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, infrastructure, and border security.