Norton Will Attend Biden’s First Address to a Joint Session of Congress, Tomorrow

Apr 27, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said today that she has been designated as one of the limited number of Members of Congress to attend tomorrow President Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress.

“While COVID restrictions mean this year’s event will be smaller than the annual addresses in the past, I’m looking forward to hearing President Biden speak directly to the American people and describe his full vision for the country,” Norton said. “But the size of the crowd does not define the significance of the event. President Biden’s strong endorsement of D.C. statehood makes this year’s joint session particularly meaningful for D.C. residents.”

Although the event will be similar to the annual State of the Union addresses, traditionally, the first time a President speaks to a joint session of Congress is not called a State of the Union address. The speech comes as  Biden marks his first 100 days in office and will be an opportunity for him to speak to Congress and the American people about the progress his administration has already made, in addition to priorities for the rest of his term, including efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, his administration’s wide-ranging infrastructure package, and the push for more climate-focused legislation.