“I am writing to invite you to speak at a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, March 1 to share your vision for the State of the Union,” Pelosi wrote in a letter.
The State of the Union Address is a tradition that offers Presidents the opportunity to highlight their priorities and agenda at the start of a new year.
If Biden delivers the speech on March 1, it would be about a month later than is typical for the annual speech. Since 1934, all State of the Union speeches have taken place in January or February.
Presenting the State of the Union in March would give Biden more time to try to achieve some of his legislative goals before addressing Congress and the nation.
The Build Back Better Act – a key part of Biden’s national agenda to extend the social safety net and tackle climate change – hit a roadblock in Congress amid opposition from moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and it is not clear whether the legislation will be able to move forward.
While the Constitution directs a president to inform Congress of the “state of the union”, it does not provide for a timetable requirement beyond “from time to time.”
This story was updated with additional developments on Friday.