Biden Makes First Address to Congress Amidst Pandemic

( – President Joe Biden gave his first address to Congress on his 99th day in office. Pundits don’t consider the address a regular State of the Union Speech because Biden has only been in office a few months, but in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the extremely partisan atmosphere on Capitol Hill, it was still a highly significant oration.

Wednesday, April 28, was the first time the entire Congress, Supreme Court, Cabinet members, senior military officers, and much of the press were not in attendance at a presidential address. This unusual situation was a result of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) restrictive COVID-19 policies. While it was the biggest gathering of lawmakers since the pandemic struck in March 2020, only 200 people attended instead of the customary 1,600.

Although Biden attempted to cloak his far-left agenda in bipartisan language, there was little Republican support. Many top Republicans weren’t in attendance. They say they offered their tickets to newer lawmakers who wanted to attend a presidential address to Congress.

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