Why is Biden's speech to Congress not called a State of the Union address?

PRESIDENT Joe Biden is set to make his first address to a joint session of Congress on April 28 at 9 pm EST.

Biden is nearing his first 100 days in office.

Why is Biden's speech to Congress not called a State of the Union address?

Most times when a president addresses Congress for the first time this it is called a State of the Union address.

President Biden's address to Congress on Wednesday is not a State of the Union address because recent tradition has not seen a president give a State of the Union address in their first year in office.

The last six presidents have not given an official State of the Union address in their first year since they had recently given an inauguration address. 

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi invited Biden to speak to Congress writing, "Nearly 100 days ago, when you took the oath of office, you pledged in a spirit of great hope that 'Help Is On The Way.'  Now, because of your historic and transformative leadership, Help Is Here!"

The address is normally given in February but was pushed back to April due to the pandemic.

Biden had announced that he would not give a formal speech in front of Congress until a coronavirus relief package was passed.

What is Biden expected to discuss in his address to Congress?

During the address, the president updates the country on the current condition of the nation, outlines their priorities, and gives their proposals for going forward.

The postponement gives Biden an opportunity to give an update on his administration’s accomplishments over the last three months.

He is expected to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the nation's vaccination efforts, the climate crisis, and infrastructure among other things.

The Biden administration has also been working to overturn a number of Trump-era policies.

The White House first set a goal of administering 100 million doses of the covid vaccine during his first 100 days in office.

The Biden administration then updated that goal to 200 million vaccinations.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the country had administered 230.7 million doses to nearly 96 million people in the US meaning about 29 percent of the country, are fully vaccinated as of April 26.

It is also likely that Biden will promote his $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal aimed at updating infrastructure and fixing inequities that have historically disadvantaged low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that, “The core of [the speech] will be him laying out the specifics of the American Families Plan, his commitment to child care, to education, and to delivering on those priorities.”

After the events of the past year and the conviction of Derek Chauvin Biden, Biden's comments on policing and the Black Lives Matter movement are highly anticipated.

How can I watch Biden's address to Congress?

All the major news networks will provide a stream of the address with their own review of the event/

The address will also be broadcast online on the official White House YouTube page and the network’s streaming services.

After Biden’s speech, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., will deliver the Republican Party's response.

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