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Politics How Joe Biden's speech to Congress differs from past presidential addresses

04:15  29 april  2021
04:15  29 april  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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First lady Jill Biden will be in attendance, as will Douglas Emhoff, Vice President Kamala Harris's husband. U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts and the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, will also attend, a Capitol official involved with the planning of the event said. The two parties in Congress handled their limited allocations of tickets differently. Senate Democrats held a lottery for their members, with Mazie Hirono scoring one of the coveted seats. Bernie Sanders, one of Biden ' s rivals for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, also said he would attend.

When President Joe Biden makes his first address to the joint session of Congress on Wednesday, it will look a lot different than speeches made by his predecessors.

The address, which technically is not called the State of the Union, will be the first time a U.S. president speaks to both houses of Congress since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as former President Donald Trump delivered his last State of the Union on Feb. 4, 2020.

COVID-19 precautions are the main reason why Biden's speech will come near his 100th day in office after receiving the invitation to do so from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi on April 13. It will be the first time a president will do the annual address in the month of April and the latest in the year since former President Calvin Coolidge in December 1923.

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Joe Biden will give his first joint address to Congress tonight. The president will tout accomplishments from his first 100 days in office and directly appeal to working-class voters – selling his economic recovery proposals and their potential to create jobs and boost an economy ravaged by the The first lady, Jill Biden , has announced her “virtual” guests for Joe Biden ’ s address tonight in Congress . Usually, lawmakers who attend the joint session bring guests to represent policy areas they are focused on, but the crowd at this year’ s speech is much smaller because of Covid-19 restrictions.

MORE: Biden to deliver presidential address amid heightened security. On Wednesday evening, members of Congress -- who enjoy floor privileges for life -- will not be allowed in the House without a ticket, which have been distributed by top congressional leaders. Biden ' s speech to a socially distanced House chamber will be "strange" and "extraordinary," said Dr. Lara Brown, director of the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management, because he'll be speaking to Americans grappling with generational health and economic crises in such an unconventional setting.

a close up of a chair: Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., sits in her seat in the House Chamber ahead of President Joe Biden speaking to a joint session of Congress Wednesday. © Andrew Harnik, AP Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., sits in her seat in the House Chamber ahead of President Joe Biden speaking to a joint session of Congress Wednesday.

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Social distancing guidelines mean only 200 people will be allowed in the House chambers instead of the 1,400 people allowed in past years. Five guests will be invited virtually, breaking the tradition of people sitting alongside the first lady in her viewing box. Six guests were invited by the Trumps in 2017 and 11 in 2020.

All people inside the chamber will be required to wear masks, and Biden will be masked as he makes the traditional walk down the center aisle to the rostrum but will take his mask off during his speech.

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When Joe Biden gives his first speech to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, viewers will be treated to a historic first – the sight of two women, Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi, seated behind the president . Harris, the first female, Black and south Asian vice- president , and Pelosi, the first female House speaker, will The president will also discuss the need for better healthcare, according to the Washington Post, and will renew his call for police reform. Viewers are likely to see Harris and Pelosi rise to their feet repeatedly during Biden ’ s address to applaud – something Pelosi largely avoided

President Biden will deliver his first joint address to Congress on Wednesday, reflecting on his first 100 days in office and mapping out his administration’s legislative plans. The speech will be an unusual affair by historical standards. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, attendance will be slim, with only about 200 people allowed into the House chamber. Mr. Biden ’ s remarks are also expected to combine elements of the traditional first joint address and the State of the Union speech that presidents have typically made later in their tenures.

History will be made once Biden begins his speech as he will have two women behind him —  Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris. Pelosi became the first woman to sit behind the podium in 2007 during former President George W. Bush's address.

Dick Cheney, George W. Bush are posing for a picture: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (right) during former President George W. Bush's State of the Union address in 2017. © LARRY DOWNING, AFP/Getty Images Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (right) during former President George W. Bush's State of the Union address in 2017.

In wake of the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, Biden’s address has been designated a National Special Security Event, meaning the Secret Service will oversee much of the planning. The Department of Defense, U.S. Capitol Police and other area law enforcement will also provide security to the event.

a group of people posing for the camera: Military personal and Capitol Hill Police department stage outside the US Capitol before U.S. President Joe Biden will address a joint session of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol. © Tasos Katopodis, Getty Images Military personal and Capitol Hill Police department stage outside the US Capitol before U.S. President Joe Biden will address a joint session of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol.

Since some members of Congress and the Supreme Court will not be present or seated in the House gallery for the address, there will be no "designated survivor" assigned for the event.

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As President Joe Biden wraps up the first 100 days of his term, many public opinion polls show he has the support of a majority of the American public. Supporters have praised his efforts to combat the pandemic with a massive economic relief package and a speedy vaccine rollout. Others say the Democrat has shown little interest in garnering Republican support on his proposals. Mr Biden ' s performance report may guide how he governs in the rest of his term.

The address will not resemble past presidential speeches to Biden ' s 1st Address to Congress : What You Need to Know. The speech is set for 9 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast by the major networks President Joe Biden to Address Congress to Push His American Families Plan. Replay.

Done in the event a major catastrophe kills the people in the House chambers, former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt was assigned the role in 2020.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: How Joe Biden's speech to Congress differs from past presidential addresses

More perilous phase ahead for Biden after his 1st 100 days .
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