President Biden will use his State of the Union address to stress a bitterly divided United States Congress can still make laws in the year ahead.
President Biden to pledge to work with Republicans
United States President Joe Biden will declare US democracy is bruised but “unbowed and unbroken” in a State of the Union speech that will serve as an olive branch to skeptical Republicans and a blueprint for his 2024 re-election bid.
In his first address to a joint session of Congress since Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in January, Biden plans to cite progress in a post-pandemic economy, highlight massive infrastructure and inflation bills passed in 2022 and stress that a bitterly divided Congress can still make laws in the year ahead.
“To my Republican friends – if we could work together in the last Congress, there is no reason we can’t work together in this new Congress,” Biden, a Democrat, will say, according to excerpts of the speech released by the White House.
The speech is scheduled for 9pm ET (0200 GMT on Wednesday).