House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to President Joe Biden inviting him to address a Joint Session of Congress on April 28.
The letter reads in part, “Nearly 100 days ago, when you took the oath of office, you pledged in a spirit of great hope that ‘Help Is On The Way.’ Now, because of your historic and transformative leadership, Help Is Here!”
The precise date of Biden’s joint address remained something of a mystery up until Tuesday. Biden had suggested in January that he would give his address the next month as usual, but that date came and went with the White House stating it was never set in stone. Pelosi said in February Biden’s address wouldn’t be until after the $1.9 trillion relief bill passed Congress, which happened last month.
Earlier this month, when asked if she would be inviting the president to speak before Congress, Speaker Pelosi said she would be inviting him “soon,” however, “part of the decision in that regard is in the hands of the Capitol physician, as well as the Sergeants at Arms.”
The late-April date means Biden has waited longer than any other modern-day commander-in-chief to give his State of the Union address. President Trump delivered his on Feb. 28, 2017, and President Obama delivered his on Feb. 24, 2009. President George W. Bush’s first State of the Union address was on January 29, 2002.
Biden Eyes Changes to U.S. Supreme Court
President Joe Biden is exploring making changes to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The president plans to issue an executive order today to set up a presidential commission to examine “the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membership and size of the Court; and the Court’s case selection, rules, and practices,” among other things.
The commission will be co-chaired by Bob Bauer, who was a legal adviser to Mr. Biden’s 2020 campaign, and Cristina Rodríguez, a Yale law professor and former deputy assistant attorney general during the Obama administration.
The White House named a total of 36 commissioners to the panel on Friday. Others include Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe and Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund Inc.
The commission should have a report completed within 180 days of its first meeting.
The Times points out the news of the commission comes as liberals pressure Justice Stephen Breyer to retire.
Just this week, Breyer warned against court packing—something many Democrats would love to see Biden implement at the Supreme Court.
In a speech prepared for Harvard Law School, Breyer said, “Structural alteration motivated by the perception of political influence can only feed that perception, further eroding that trust.”
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Biden Refers To His VP as "President Harris"
While giving a speech at the White House, Joe Biden referred to Vice President Kamala Harris as “President Harris” on Thursday.
Biden was discussing the vaccine when he said, “now, when President Harris and I took a virtual tour of a vaccination center in Arizona not long ago, one of the nurses on that tour injecting people and giving vaccinations said that each shot was like administering a dose of hope,”
“It’s my great honor to serve as your commander-in-chief,” Biden said. “I look forward to hearing your active duty and recommendations of how we will work together to keep the American people safe, meet every challenge in the 21st century. I want to thank you both.”
“And I want to thank the Sec, the former general, I keep calling him general, my my uh, the guy who runs that outfit over there,” he continued. “I want to make sure we thank the secretary for all he’s done to try to implement what we’ve just talked about and for recommending these two women for promotion. Thank you all. May God bless you all and may God protect our troops.”
President Trump would regularly host long and combative press conferences with reporters and journalists whereas Biden broke a 100 year record without holding a one. It will be interesting to see how they handle it as Psaki has indicated it’s possible Biden will be presented with a list of approved journalists at his first press conference.