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President Biden arrives ahead of his speech a joint session of Congress as Vice President Kamala Harris (L) and Speaker of the House U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi look on. Photo: Michael Reynolds - POOL/Getty Images

President Biden delivered a historic address before a joint session of Congress on Wednesday — the eve of his 100th day since taking office.

Driving the news: Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made history as the first women to lead the Senate and House during a president's congressional address. The event was also notable for having pandemic restrictions in place that included having virtual guests.

Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott (C) arriving to deliver the GOP response to Biden's address at the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the U.S. Capitol following Biden's address. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
Biden speaks with California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters following his address. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Biden addresses the joint session of Congress as Harris looks on. Photo: Jim Watson - POOL/Getty Images
The scene in the House chamber during Biden's address. Photo: Doug Mills/Pool/Getty Images
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (L) and Sanders listen to Biden's address. Photo: Melina Mara/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, listens to Biden during his address. Photo: Melina Mara-Pool/Getty Images
Biden greets Republican Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney with a fist bump before his address. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Harris greets Pelosi ahead of Biden's arrival in the House. Photo: Jim Watson/Pool/Getty Images
Mark Milley, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (L), speaking with Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham before the joint session. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Harris leads Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, and McConnell through Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Updated Apr 29, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden to the nation: "America is on the move again"

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

In his first joint address to Congress on Wednesday, President Biden told America that "one day shy" of his 100th day in office, his administration is turning the nation's "peril into possibility" and "setback into strength."

Why it matters: Wednesday's speech was one of the president's most significant opportunities so far to sway members of Congress in favor of his administration's agenda.

Biden to meet with party leaders on May 12

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President Biden is scheduled to host his first bipartisan meeting with House and Senate leaders on May 12, a White House official confirmed to Axios on Wednesday.

The big picture: The meeting represents Biden’s latest attempt to reach across the aisle amid partisan pressure in D.C. The invitation is intended to give the president a chance to meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to discuss common policy goals.

Biden on historic nature of joint address: "It’s about time"

President Biden opened his first joint address to Congress lauding the momentous nature of Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's presence behind him.

Why it matters: This is the first time the No. 1 and No. 2 people in the line of presidential succession are both women, Axios' Kadia Goba writes. “Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President,” Biden said as he addressed the joint session. “No president has ever said those words from this podium, no president has ever said those words. And it’s about time!”

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