State of the Union Address by President Biden: March 1

February 24, 2022

Updated to reflect new air time
U.S. President Joe Biden will deliver his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, March 1, 2022. At 8 p.m., THIRTEEN will share a special PBS NewsHour live broadcast and stream, anchored by Judy Woodruff. We’ll begin with the latest updates on the war between Russia and Ukraine, as well as reports on important news of the day. This will be followed by live coverage of President Biden’s speech at approximately 9 p.m., the Republican response, and analysis from the PBS NewsHour team and guests. Watch in the video player, above, starting at 8 p.m. on March 1.

Unusual for this State of the Union address is its timing: it normally takes place in January, and sometimes in February. The delay has been attributed to a busy legislative calendar, the more transmissible omicron variant of COVID-19, and the Winter Olympics schedule, which is part of primetime broadcasts.

A president’s State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress is mandated in the U.S. Constitution (Article II, Section 3, Clause 1), which states the president “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”

You might wonder why Biden didn’t deliver an address in 2021. His inauguration took place on January 20, 2021, and a new president typically isn’t expected to describe the state of the nation after such a short time as the head of the Executive branch and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. Biden did deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress in April 2021.

Two official responses will follow Biden’s State of the Union address, though PBS NewsHour intends to include only the Republican response from Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) will also deliver a response on behalf of the Working Families Party, which is considered more left-leaning and progressive than the Democratic Party.

The last State of the Union address was given by former President Donald Trump on Feb. 4, 2020.

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