Washington, 14 April 2021 (dpa/MIA) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has invited US President Joe Biden to address a joint session of Congress on April 28.
In a letter to the president published on Tuesday, Pelosi invited Biden to deliver his first address to both houses of Congress.
She asked the Democrat, who has been in office since January 20, “to share your vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment.”
In the letter, Pelosi also praised what she termed Biden‘s “historic and transformative leadership.”
The first address by a newly elected US president at a joint session of the House of Representatives and the Senate in the US Capitol does not count as a State of the Union address.
Biden‘s first State of the Union speech is not due until next year, by which time he will have been in office for more than 12 months.
Most recently, Biden‘s predecessor Donald Trump gave a state of the nation address to Congress in February of last year.
In that address, the Republican praised what he called the successes of his term in office.
Pelosi, sitting behind Trump on a raised dais, memorably tore up a copy of Trump’s speech manuscript in front of running cameras after the speech had ended.
US presidents often use the State of the Union address to announce new initiatives or laws.