PBS NewsHour Coverage of President Biden’s State of the Union Address

Tuesday March 1 at 7 p.m.

Following PBS NewsHour’s usual 6 p.m. broadcast, which will focus on special coverage of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, at 7 p.m. US President Joe Biden will deliver his first State of the Union address. Arizona PBS will share it via live stream and live stream above from PBS NewsTimewhich will provide live coverage and commentary.

The particularity of this address on the state of the Union is its delay: it normally takes place in January, and sometimes in February. The delay was attributed to a busy legislative schedule, the more transmissible omicron variant of COVID-19, and the Winter Olympics schedule, which is part of prime-time broadcasts.

A State of the Union address by the President before a joint session of Congress is mandated by the U.S. Constitution (Article II, Section 3, Clause 1), which states that the President “shall from time to time give to Congress information on the state of the Union”. Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as it may deem necessary and expedient. »

You might be wondering why Biden didn’t deliver a speech in 2021. His inauguration was on January 20, 2021, and a new president isn’t generally expected to describe the state of the nation. after such a short period as Chief of the Executive Branch and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Biden delivered a speech at a joint session of Congress in April 2021.

Two official responses will follow Biden’s State of the Union address. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds will deliver the Republican response. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) will respond on behalf of the Working Families Party, which is considered more left-wing and progressive than the Democratic Party.

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