WASHINGTON (AP) — On February 7, President Joe Biden will deliver his second State of the Union address to Congress.
In a letter sent Friday, Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., invited Biden to deliver the address on that date.
“The American people sent us to Washington to give the country a new direction, to find common ground, and to debate their priorities. In that spirit, it is my solemn duty to invite you to speak before a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, in order for you to fulfil your constitutional duty to report on the state of the union “McCarthy stated in his letter to Biden.
According to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, Biden has accepted the invitation to deliver his speech on that date.
“The President appreciates and accepts Speaker McCarthy’s prompt invitation to speak to the people’s representatives in Congress,” she said. “He looks forward to speaking with Republicans, Democrats, and the rest of the country about how we can continue to build an economy that works from the bottom up and the middle out, maintain our global competitiveness, keep the American people safe, and bring the country together.”
This is the first time Biden has addressed Congress as president this year. Last year, Biden delivered his State of the Union speech in March, and his first, a joint session of Congress address, is scheduled for late April 2021.
This is also Biden’s first address as president to a Republican-controlled House. Democrats controlled the lower chamber during his first two years in office.