Biden Officially Invited to Give State of the Union

( – Republican Speaker of the House Mike Johnson announced the official date for the next State of the Union address, inviting President Joe Biden to deliver his customary speech on March 7.

The Louisiana Republican lawmakers extended the official invitation for Biden to deliver the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress right before the Spring. In his letter, Johnson said the speech came during a time “of great challenge” for the United States. The speech will be delivered just a couple of days after dozens of states hold their presidential primary elections on Super Tuesday, and it will be the first one attended by Johnson as House Speaker.

Biden will likely use the speech to bolster his re-election campaign promises and priorities as he prepares for a potential rematch with former President Donald Trump. Before delivering the address, two important deadlines will pass to settle on a government funding package in order to avoid another shutdown.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and the House Speaker have been going back and forth negotiating an exact sum needed for various spending bills to fund the federal government. Although a number from the 2023 debt ceiling has already been agreed upon, House GOP members are pressing for spending cuts. Johnson and Schumer have under two weeks to settle the matter.

The upcoming State of the Union will be the latest delivered by the president before a heavily divided Congress. Last year, he gave the speech in February and his first address was on March 1, 2022. Republicans jeered and interrupted the president, particularly during Biden’s first address. Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert especially made a scene, attempting to kick off a “build the wall” chant during the speech, referencing Trump’s calls to restart construction on the infamous border wall.

Biden is expected to face similar interruptions during his next address as Republicans become more impatient with the president’s foreign policies, immigration policies, and other policies by the administration generally viewed as blunders.

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