Biden was formally invited on Tuesday to speak to Congress on April 28 by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who wrote in a letter to the President
that she was extending the invitation so he could “share your vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment.” He accepted her invitation later Tuesday evening.
The address will come as his administration continues to respond to the coronavirus pandemic
and to pitch lawmakers on his massive infrastructure proposal
Pelosi, a California Democrat, had said earlier this month that she was waiting to make a decision on extending an invitation to Biden amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, noting that it would come in consultation with the Capitol attending physician.
President Donald Trump’s final State of the Union address
was delivered just before the pandemic took hold in the US, and his first address to a joint session of Congress was given in late February 2017. Barack Obama, meanwhile, gave his first presidential address to a joint session in February 2009.
This story and headline have been updated with President Joe Biden’s acceptance of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s invitation.