Biden’s speech to Congress: president to unveil historic spending plan in address – live

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1.52am BST

Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress is technically not a “state of the union” – it’s an “annual message”.

It’s a tradition, since Ronald Regan’s term, that presidents don’t deliver a “state of the union” in the years they take and leave office. The idea is that they can’t speak broadly about the state of the union when they’ve only been on the job a few weeks – or right when they’re about to exit power.

1.46am BST

Members of Congress, Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi have filtered into the chamber.

For the first time, the president will be flanked by two women as Biden delivers his address. Traditionally, the vice president and House speaker – the two figures who follow the president in the line of command – sit behind the president during such addresses.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian

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