Pelosi invites Biden to give State of the Union on March 1

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday invited President Biden to deliver his State of the Union address to Congress on March 1.

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Why this matters: The invitation comes as Biden tries to push several key laws through Congress this year, including a multitrillion-dollar social spending package and a comprehensive election reform bill.

  • Biden already managed to pass trillions in infrastructure spending and coronavirus relief last year.
  • He still hopes to win more legislative victories this year, even if the midterms threaten to stall his agenda.

What are they saying: “Thank you for your bold approach and patriotic leadership that has lifted America out of crisis and into an era of great progress,” Pelosi wrote in a letter inviting Biden to deliver a speech.

  • Pelosi cited the coronavirus relief and infrastructure bills as examples of Biden’s achievements, expressing hope that his social spending package would be passed “soon”.
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What are we watching: Biden’s speech to a joint session of Congress last year was heavily restricted because of the coronavirus, with only 200 people Permission In the chamber. It is unclear whether those or similar restrictions will apply this year.

  • The speech is nearly two months away, but the Capitol’s attending physician warned offices of a sharp spike in positive cases due to an Omicron edition earlier this week.

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