Feb 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy

No plans for Biden to address a joint session of Congress this month, White House says

Jen Psaki stands at a podium with the White House logo in the background
Jen Psaki in the briefing room on Feb. 16. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

There are no current plans for President Joe Biden to address a joint session of Congress this month, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Reporters pointed out that Biden said last month that his "first appearance before a joint session" would be held in February and would address his national coronavirus recovery plan. Psaki had said it "was never planned to be in February."

  • "We don't have a date for a joint session at this point," Psaki said.
  • She said there was no reason for the delay.
  • "Obviously, it won't look like it has looked like in the past, that many of you have covered and I have attended, where you all sit on the floor of Congress and the president gives a speech, because of COVID."
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