Washington — President Joe Biden gives his second State of the Union address. This marks not only his accomplishments and agenda, but a pivotal moment in his assertion of leadership ahead of the expected announcement of his candidacy for re-election.
Unlike his first two years in office, the House is now dominated by Republicans, with Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who will be sitting behind a president for the first time, threatening to block Biden’s agenda.
Here’s how the story develops.
Biden launches SOTU remarks to McCarthy. “I look forward to working with you.”
February 7 at 9:19 PM EST
At the outset of his State of the Union address, President Joe Biden acknowledged the changes coming with the 118th Congress, including congratulating newly-elected Republican Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy.
“Speaker, I don’t want to ruin your reputation, but I look forward to working with you,” Biden said after turning around and shaking hands with the Republican.
He then congratulated Hakeem Jeffries, the new leader of the House Democrats and the first Black House minority leader in history.
Biden later told Senate Majority Leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, the longest-serving Senate Majority Leaders in history, that he “won an even bigger majority this time.”
Biden concluded his introduction by praising Honorary Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Biden arrives to expected applause
February 7 at 9:10 PM EST
President Biden entered the chamber just after 9:00 p.m. ET, when applause from attendees was expected.
He shook the hands of many lawmakers on his way to the podium.
Inside the House before Biden’s SOTU speech
February 7 at 9:16 PM EST
Lawmakers began a steady stream into the House with Vice President Kamala Harris around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
It perfectly illustrates the reality of a divided government. There is little conversation between Democrats and Republicans across the aisles of the House of Representatives.
The Vice President was chatting with Speaker of the House McCarthy – I overheard him saying “a full house” on the microphone.
Former Illinois Republican Rep. Rodney Davis was seen joking with Republican Rep. Joe Wilson. “Sit down, sit down Joe” by former President Barack Obama during a joint address to Congress.
Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson is attending the speech as one of the only former Trump officials ever spotted.
Newly independent Arizona Senator Kirsten Cinema entered, standing next to Republican Utah Senator Mitt Romney, speaking with Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
For some, the most coveted seats seem to be along the aisles. It’s a place. Santos still has time to switch seats.
Some of the president’s most vehement critics are Republican lawmakers Matt Gates and Lauren Boubert also along the aisle.
Congressman Marjorie Taylor Green carrying a white balloon He spent most of the day in the halls of Congress mocking the regime’s treatment of its alleged Chinese spy balloon, but decided not to bring it to the floor.
House Speaker McCarthy’s guests Ennes Freedom, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, Chief Cabinet Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Jennifer Granholm, and pollster Frank Lantz also submitted to the room.
— ABC News Senior Congressional Correspondents Rachel Scott, Katherine Folders and John Parkinson
Biden says unions are ‘in great shape and getting better’
February 7 at 8:51 PM
Biden told ABC News’ Ben Gittleson that he was feeling “good” Tuesday night as he left the White House for his second State of the Union address.
When asked how he felt about the state of unions, Mr. Biden said, “It’s going great, it’s getting better.”
The president entered the motorcade just before 8:30 p.m. ET and headed for the Capitol.
In Republican Response, Sarah Huckabee Sanders Highlights Democrats’ “Failure”
February 7 at 7:32pm EST
Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders plans to use the official Republican State of the Union address to tear apart President Joe Biden and the Democrats, highlighting what she says the economy has failed. while focusing on the issue of culture wars.
Sanders, the country’s youngest governor and White House press secretary under President Donald Trump, denounced Democrats as high taxers, according to an excerpt of a speech shared by her office. To do.[light] Your hard-earned money is on fire.” But most of the highlights previewed by her office focused on labeling the Democratic Party as an “awakened” group in mostly religious terms. was
“You are crushed by high gas prices, empty pantry shelves, and our children are taught to hate each other because of their race, but they can’t love each other or our great country. ..and while reaping the consequences of their failure, the Biden administration seems more interested in awakened fantasies than in the stark realities that Americans face every day,” she said. “Most Americans want to live their lives in freedom and peace, but they are under attack in a left-wing culture war that we didn’t start and we didn’t want to fight. increase.”
“Every day we are told that we must participate in their ceremonies, salute their flags, worship their false idols… Meanwhile, big governments are colluding with Big Tech to , is going to strip you of the most American thing out there: your freedom of speech.”
Republicans such as Trump are already preparing to challenge Biden ahead of his expected re-election bid, with party leaders divided over the best approach. While Sanders, Trump and others have addressed social issues, others have focused on inflation and government spending.
February 7 at 7:08 PM
Those invited to a president’s State of the Union address often represent topics the president is expected to focus on during his speech.
First Lady Jill Biden’s office announced Tuesday morning that Mrs. Biden will be joining her viewing box for her speech.
She’s not the only one who brings guests. Let’s take a look at some of the notable names.
A second gentleman, Doug Emhoff, joins Jill Biden with guest Ruth Cohen, a Holocaust survivor from Rockville, Maryland.
A group of black lawmakers in Congress initially invited the family of Tyre Nichols, who died in a police raid in Memphis, Tennessee, in Memphis, Tennessee. has announced that it will be invited to Sit in the First Lady Box.
Also on the First Lady’s box is Brandon Tsai of San Marino, CA. Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was attacked by an intruder last fall. U2’s Bono for his work to fight HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty.Oksana Markarova, Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States
House Speaker McCarthy said he invited former NBA player Ennes Freedom as a guest.
Freedom, an outspoken critic of reports of China’s abuse of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, has met with Republican congressmen several times this year. In a tweet, he wrote that he was “extremely honored and humbled to attend the State of the Union Address” and thanked McCarthy for his “friendship, leadership and support.”
-Ben Gittleson and Lauren Peller of ABC News
Biden says American democracy is ‘hurt’ but ‘not broken’
February 7 at 6:30 PM EST
In tonight’s address, President Biden will address the state of American democracy as he addresses Congress and the nation.
“America’s story is a story of progress and resilience,” Biden said. “America is the only country that has risen from every crisis and is stronger than when it came. That’s what we’re doing again.” ‘ said. Excerpts from his prepared speech released by the White House, as has become tradition.
Biden specifically touts the administration’s response to the economic crisis, COVID-19, and attacks on democracy.
“Two years ago our economy was in turmoil,” he will say in a speech. “As I stand here tonight, we have created a record 12 million new jobs. We created more jobs in two years than the president created in four years.Two years ago COVID closed our businesses and closed our schools, today COVID no longer kills me. They don’t control our lives.”
“And two years ago, our democracy faced its greatest threat since the Civil War.
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