House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just announced the timing of President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union speech. However, this comes as the administration is struggling to find a winning message.
Biden accepted Pelosi’s invitation to address the joint session of Congress on March 1, the Daily Caller reported. This will be his first official State of the Union since a president must be in office one year before the speech is considered as such.
“Thank you for your bold vision and patriotic leadership which have guided America out of crisis and into an era of great progress, as we not only recover from the pandemic but Build Back Better!” Pelosi gushed in her invitation. “Indeed, this past year has been historic: with the life-saving American Rescue Plan, once-in-a-century Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and, soon, the truly transformational Build Back Better Act!”
Experts are predicting it will be a chance to tout his loftiest legislative goals, including the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Build Back Better Act. Neither has much of a shot of passing despite Democrats’ slim majority in the house and tie-breaker vote in the Senate.
The voting rights bill has no chance because both Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have advised they won’t pass it by destroying the filibusters as required. They’ve outright promised to vote against Build Back Better, which is now stalled.
There’s no word why Biden is waiting until past the traditional February timeframe to hold the State of the Union address, but it’s the first time since 1934 that it hasn’t occurred in January or February, CNN reported. The president is obligated by the Constitution to give such an address, but only mandates that it happen “from time to time.”
Perhaps the delay has to do with the political jockeying likely happening behind the scenes. The Biden administration has had one public failure after another, and it’s unlikely for that to turn around heading into the midterms as politicians are chastened by their reelection prospects when it comes to voting for bloated legislation.
The address to the nation will be the perfect opportunity for the GOP to expose the mess Democrats have made. Regardless of what Biden has to say in the speech, the American people will know the State of the union every time they pay more at the pump, the grocery store, or anywhere his failed policies have caused inflation.