White House ‘still working’ on date for Biden address to Congress — 79 days in


Nearly three months in, the White House said Thursday it is “still working” to set a date for President Biden to address a joint session of Congress.

Biden, in office 79 days, has waited way longer than his modern-day predecessors to give his debut address.

“I can’t wait till we can announce this. I’m with you, we can all share a joy on that. We are still working through and finalizing the date, the logistics,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki said at her daily press briefing.

“The president remains committed to delivering a joint session. We’re working with leaders in Congress to finalize that. We certainly hope we’ll have more to say soon.”

A speech to Congress typically occurs in February during a new president’s first year.

Former President Donald Trump gave his speech on Feb. 28, 2017. Former President Barack Obama spoke on Feb. 24, 2009. George W. Bush addressed legislators on Feb. 27, 2001. And Bill Clinton spoke on Feb. 17, 1993.

President Joe Biden speaks on April 8, 2021.
President Joe Biden speaks on April 8, 2021.
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Typically, members of the House and Senate cram into the House chamber for joint sessions. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in new occupancy limits for that room and sparked discussion of a possible virtual address.

Biden and a large share of lawmakers are vaccinated for COVID-19.

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