Coronavirus restrictions to limit impact of Biden's first joint address to Congress

Coronavirus restrictions to limit impact of Biden's first joint address to Congress


Coronavirus restrictions may curb President Joe Biden’s ability to use his address to a joint session of Congress to lean on lawmakers to approve trillions of dollars in federal government spending.

Only 200-odd people will be in the House of Representatives chamber on Wednesday to hear Biden’s first presidential report in person. Many Republicans have opted not to attend the event, scheduled during a congressional recess, and guests are not invited.

The COVID-19 restrictions mean Biden will deliver his address to an even smaller audience as its viewership has dwindled year after year. They also make it more difficult for him to orchestrate traditional special guest moments as he seeks to build momentum behind his $2.25 trillion infrastructure package and coming “American Families Plan.”

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