Several outlets are reporting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has asked President Joe Biden to address Congress before the end of the month.
Pelosi made the request formally in a letter that she sent to President Biden on Tuesday.
“Dear Mr. President”
In her letter, Pelosi touted the “historic and transformative leadership” that she claims that Biden has exhibited during his few months in office.
“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,’” Pelosi wrote. “Now, because of your historic and transformative leadership, Help Is Here!”
Pelosi said that it is “in that spirit” that she is “writing to invite [Biden] to address a Joint Session of Congress.”
Pelosi specifically asked Biden to address Congress on Wednesday, April 28th, which is about two weeks from now. Pelosi also asked Biden specifically “to share [his] vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment.”
Pelosi concluded the letter: “Thank you for considering this invitation to speak to the Congress and the Nation. I look forward to your reply.”
Newsmax reports that, according to “an official involved with the planning” of this April 28th speech,” “while Biden will deliver the speech in the House chamber, other aspects of the night’s format, including Covid-testing requirements and who will be able to attend in person, have yet to be arranged.”
This official said that a security plan for the evening is also needed, referencing the security that was put in place for the inauguration.
Biden’s speech will come at just about the 100-day mark for his administration. This has historically been an important milestone day for newly elected presidents.
Biden’s first hundred days in office have included the passing of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus spending package and the introduction of a $2.25 trillion infrastructure package. But, most noticeable has been Biden’s undoing of the Trump administration’s policies, most notably in the area of immigration.
It is usually in the February after a new president’s inauguration that he addresses a joint session of Congress. But, Biden also waited a lengthy 65 days to hold his first solo press conference.