Biden still has not yet scheduled a date for first address to a joint session of Congress

Biden suggested he would address Congress this month, like past presidents have. But no date has been set.

There's still no date on the books.

The White House has not yet scheduled a date for President Biden to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress -- even though the president had suggested it would take place this month.

Past presidents have traditionally given a speech to Congress during their first year in office, often in February. An address to a joint session of Congress is like a State of the Union, though it technically is not called that until the president’s second year in office.

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Biden suggested last month he would discuss his coronavirus agenda during an address this month.

"Next month, in my first appearance before a joint session of Congress, I will lay out my ‘Build Back Better’ recovery plan," Biden said on Jan. 14.

First post-inauguration joint addresses

    Ronald Reagan -- Feb. 18, 1981

    George H.W. Bush -- Feb. 9, 1989

    Bill Clinton -- Feb. 17, 1993

    George W. Bush -- Feb. 27, 2001

    Barack Obama -- Feb. 24, 2009

    Donald Trump -- Feb. 28, 2017

    Joe Biden -- TBA

But White House press secretary Jen Psaki last week told reporters that while the president "looks forward" to making the address, the White House has not scheduled when that will take place.

She said the speech would be different than past presidential addresses because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Obviously the president looks forward to speaking to a joint session," Psaki said. "We just don’t have a date yet for when that will be and obviously it will look different because of COVID and because we want to be safe and project that the safety and our responsibility of projecting that to the American public."

Typically, new presidents deliver their addresses just weeks after the inauguration.

Former President George H.W. Bush delivered one of the earliest addresses to a joint session, taking place on Feb. 9, 1989. Former President Trump delivered one of the latest—his address was on Feb. 28, 2017.

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Former President Barack Obama delivered his address on Feb. 24, 2009; former President George W. Bush delivered his on Feb. 27, 2001; and former President Bill Clinton delivered his on Feb. 17.

Should Biden’s address slip into March, it would be the latest Joint Session address in decades.

Presidents, during their first congressional address, tend to establish the tone of their new administration, with optimistic language to look ahead, and to set their legislative agenda as well as outline their positions on a range of policy issues.

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