— Reuters (@Reuters) April 28, 2021
President Biden is expected to speak at 9pm EDT; television coverage will start an hour earlier.
Biden to sell historic spending plans in speech to Congress https://t.co/F0ubz7RAMY
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) April 28, 2021
President Joe Biden is expected to call for the most sweeping revamp of US benefits since the 1960s as he delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress.
Speaking on the eve of his 100th day in office, the Democrat will pitch $4 trillion (£2.9tn) of spending on child care, education and family leave.
He already passed a $2tn Covid package.
History will also be made as two women sit behind the president for the first time during a speech to Congress.
US Vice-President Kamala Harris and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi will both wear masks at the rostrum during Wednesday night’s primetime address.
The US president’s State of the Union-style remarks will be followed by the traditional rebuttal speech from the opposing party – delivered on this occasion by Senator Tim Scott, a South Carolina Republican…
(As the joke across social media goes, the GOP is set to announce they have a Black friend.)
Around 1,600 guests usually attend a president’s address to a joint session of Congress. But this time only about 200 people will get invitations because of virus-prevention protocols.
Buoyed by solid approval ratings, Mr Biden will look to the tens of millions of Americans that the White House hopes will tune in from home.
The president will seek to build public support for two massive packages – the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan – which analysts project would entail the most far-reaching reform of the US social safety net since the era of President Lyndon Baines Johnson.
The White House says both proposals if passed by Congress would be “fully paid for” by tax hikes on the richest Americans and corporations…
NEW: In a first, the White House plans to provide American Sign Language interpretation for Pres. Biden's address to Congress next week. https://t.co/yfQLv6Yp2D
— ABC News (@ABC) April 23, 2021
President Biden will call for free preschool for all three- and four-year-old children as part of a $1 trillion package focusing on so-called human infrastructure. The plan is to be unveiled Wednesday during a speech to Congress, the White House says. https://t.co/RuxyVKS99H
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 27, 2021