Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday stated she’s ready for the recommendation of the Capitol doctor and the sergeant-at-arms earlier than inviting President Biden to give his first address to a joint session of Congress.
The California Democrat was requested concerning the timing of Biden’s preliminary address to Congress throughout her weekly information convention.
“That may be quickly I hope,” Pelosi informed reporters.
Half of the choice, she stated, relies on Dr. Brian Monahan, the present attending doctor for Congress, and Maj. Gen. William Walker, the newly-named Home sergeant-at-arms.
They’ll be deciding how the address can be held safely amid the coronavirus pandemic, and the way many individuals would be ready to attend, Pelosi stated.
“We’ll await the recommendation of the Capitol doctor, of the sergeant-at-arms, about how many individuals can be accommodated,” she stated.
“However regardless of the quantity,” Pelosi added, “we’ll be prepared at any time when the president is prepared to come. We’ll lengthen that invitation, which is the custom.”
Presidents usually make the speech within the first few weeks after getting into the White Home, however it’s not referred to as a “State of the Union” speech, which comes within the second yr of the time period.
Biden, nonetheless, nonetheless has not set a date for the address. The date is picked in coordination with the White Home, Pelosi stated.
She famous that this could be the primary joint address to Congress because the coronavirus emerged, as former President Donald Trump’s final State of the Union was final February, earlier than the pandemic hit.
Pelosi additionally reminded reporters about how she dramatically ripped up a duplicate of Trump’s SOTU address on the finish of that speech.