WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will emphasize in his State of the Union address areas where Democrats and Republicans can work together as he also calls for action on more divisive issues that are unlikely to gain traction in a divided Congress.
The latest on Biden’s speech:
- Speech starts at 9 p.m. EST: Biden’s second State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol will be livestreamed by USA TODAY.
- What policies will Biden address?: His “unity agenda” includes fighting the opioid epidemic, improving mental health, supporting veterans and cutting cancer death rates. Biden will applaud bipartisan efforts to address those issues and push for additional action in his speech.
- He’ll push billionaire taxes, insulin prices: He will also renew his calls for a minimum tax on billionaires, a cap on insulin prices for all Americans, extending expanded Medicaid coverage to all states and other Democratic priorities that face an uphill battle.
Biden to lay out ‘forceful approach’ to combatting fentanyl
The Biden administration will launch a national campaign to educate young people on the dangers of fentanyl, part of the “forceful approach” for going after fentanyl trafficking and reducing overdose deaths.
Other steps include:
- Using new large-scale scanners to improve efforts to stop fentanyl from being brought into the U.S. through the southern border.
- Working with package delivery companies to catch more packages containing fentanyl from being shipped around the country.
- Working with Congress to make permanent a temporary tool that that’s helped federal agents crack down on drugs chemically similar to fentanyl.
– Maureen Groppe
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Biden to plug job market as recession looms
President Joe Biden is expected to take credit for a booming job market and easing inflation when he speaks to the nation Tuesday night.
But he’ll likely leave out a litany of trouble spots, including a slumping housing market, a monthslong manufacturing downturn and elevated recession risk this year. Meanwhile, inflation is still high and economists pin at least some of the blame on Biden for showering Americans with cash in early 2021 while the economy was already healing.
– Paul Davidson
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Bono, Tyre Nichols’ family members among guests sitting with first lady Jill Biden Tuesday night
The lead singer for the rock group U2, Bono, and Ukraine’s ambassador to the U.S., Oksana Markarova, are among the White House guests attending President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address Tuesday.
Guests are chosen to highlight themes of the president’s speech or because they represent his policy initiatives.
Bono is the cofounder of the ONE campaign to fight poverty and preventable diseases, and (RED), which fights HIV/AIDS in Africa. Other guests who will be sitting with first lady Jill Biden during the speech include:
- The mother and stepfather of Tyre Nichols, the 29-year-old Black man who died after being beaten by Memphis police officers.
- Brandon Tsay, the man who disarmed the Monterey Park gunman who killed 11 people and injured 10 others during a Lunar New Year celebration.
- A Texas woman who almost died because doctors were concerned that intervening when her pregnancy ran into difficulties would violate the state’s abortion ban.
- One of the Massachusetts same-sex couples who sued the state for the right to marry in 2001.
– Maureen Groppe
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What time is the State of the Union speech tonight?
Biden’s State of the Union speech is Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST.
What is the State of the Union address?
The State of the Union address isn’t just a tradition in the nation’s capital. It’s rooted in the Constitution.
Article II of the Constitution says the president shall “from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union.”
That doesn’t mean the president has to give a speech – as they often do today.
“From that very general mandate in the Constitution has evolved into what we recognize today as a yearly event, with lots of pomp and circumstance,” Claire Jerry, a curator of political history at the National Museum of American History, told USA TODAY.
– Marina Pitofsky
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