Biden was officially invited to address Congress on April 28 by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who wrote in a letter to the president that she was sending the invitation so he could “share your vision. to meet the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment. ”He accepted his invitation later Tuesday evening.
The address will come as his administration continues to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and present lawmakers with its massive infrastructure proposal.
Pelosi, a Californian Democrat, had said earlier this month that she was waiting to make a decision on the invitation to Biden amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, noting that she would come in consultation with the attending physician of the Capitol.
President Donald Trump’s last State of the Union address came just before the pandemic took hold in the United States, and his first address to a joint session of Congress was delivered in late February 2017. Barack Obama, meanwhile, made his first presidential speech at a joint session in February 2009.
This story and title has been updated with President Joe Biden’s acceptance of Invitation from President Nancy Pelosi.