Pelosi asks Biden to address US Congress to mark 100 days in office

President Joe Biden was asked Tuesday to address a joint session of Congress this month to mark 100 days in office as he grapples with critical issues including the coronavirus pandemic and America’s economic woes.

The request came from House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who invited Biden to make a speech April 28 to talk about “the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment.”

This would not technically be a so-called State of the Union speech, which American presidents give yearly under the Constitution. Brand new leaders like Biden instead deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress.

After taking office on January 20 to replace Donald Trump, Biden has hit the ground running with an ambitious agenda to tackle the coronavirus crisis and its devastating effect on the world’s largest economy.

Biden has also moved aggressively to reverse Trump’s “America First” go-it-alone foreign policy eschewing traditional US alliances and international cooperation on issues including climate change.

Under Biden Congress passed a $1.9 trillion stimulus package to help the economy bounce back from the pandemic. His administration also has presented a $2 trillion plan to overhaul America’s crumbling infrastructure grid and retool the US economy to better address climate change.

“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,'” Pelosi wrote in the invitation.

“Now, because of your historic and transformative leadership, Help Is Here!”

Pelosi added: “In that spirit, I am writing to invite you to address a Joint Session of Congress on Wednesday, April 28, to share your vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment.”