The president of United States Joe biden will deliver on March 1 his first speech on the state of the union before Congress, in a context of growing COVID-19 infections and difficulties for Democrats to approve their social spending plan and electoral reform.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, invited this Friday to Biden to give that traditional speech in which the US leaders take stock of their management in the previous year and announce new goals and legislative priorities.
“Thank you for your bold ideas and patriotic leadership, which have guided the United States out of a crisis and into an era of great progress, in which we not only recover from the pandemic, but we rebuild better,” said Pelosi in a letter sent to Biden.
The Democratic Leader invited the head of state to give that speech before both houses of Congress on March 1 to reflect on his first year in power, which he described as “historic.”
Biden he has accepted that invitation and will share his message on the date suggested by Pelosi, Deputy White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre later confirmed in statements to the press aboard the presidential plane that was carrying the president to Colorado.
In April of last year, Biden already gave a speech before both houses of Congress, but that speech does not count as “state of the union”, Because traditionally this is the only name given to speeches that are given when a president has been in power for at least one year and can, therefore, be held accountable for his management.
Historically, speeches on the state of the union have occurred in January or February, and the election of March 1 as the date for the same could respond to the current peak of COVID-19 infections due to the omicron variant, although neither Congress nor the White House confirmed that point.
It is unclear if, by the time Biden delivers the speech, all legislators and senators will be able to attend in person, as is traditional; Nor if by then Democrats will have succeeded in passing some other legislative priority, such as the $ 1.75 trillion social spending package.