House Speaker Johnson invites Biden to deliver State of the Union address on March 7
Driving the news: "In this moment of great challenge for our country, it is my solemn duty to extend this invitation for you to address a Joint Session of Congress on Thursday, March 7, 2024, so that you may fulfill your obligation under the U.S. Constitution to report on the state of our union," Johnson wrote in his letter to Biden.
- It will be the first State of the Union address for Johnson, who became House speaker in October after a drawn-out and bitter battle for the chair.
Flashback: Biden, who is seeking re-election, during last year's address highlighted the need for national unity.
- He also went off script and urged Republicans to agree to protect Medicare and Social Security as Congress weighed budget cuts.