US President Joe Biden is set to address a joint session of Congress for the first time at 9 am (Manila time) on Thursday, April 29, the day before he completes his first 100 days in office.
In this speech, Biden is expected to unveil a sweeping $1.8-trillion package for families and education. The US president will also plead directly with lawmakers to pass legislation to curb police violence.
Just 200 people, mostly lawmakers plus a handful of representatives of other arms of government and select family members, will attend the masked, socially distanced speech, in a nod to the COVID-19 pandemic that has not fully released the nation from its grip.
Vice President Kamala Harris, in her role as president of the Senate, and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be seated immediately behind Biden – the first time two women have held those positions of power during a presidential address.
Bookmark and refresh this page to watch Biden’s first joint address to Congress at 9 am (Manila time) on Thursday, April 29. – with reports from Reuters/Rappler.com