Joe Biden's first address to Congress live updates: President to discuss trillion-dollar relief plans

PRESIDENT Joe Biden delivers his first address to Congress on Wednesday, April 28.

Biden will deliver his speech to the joint session of Congress at 9pm ET.

The speech is not a State of the Union because presidents do not deliver the address until their second year as president.

The speech will take place the night before his 100th day in office.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited Biden to address Congress.

“Nearly 100 days ago, when you took the oath of office, you pledged in a spirit of great hope that ‘Help Is On The Way’. Now, because of your historic and transformative leadership, Help Is Here!” Ms Pelosi wrote.

“In that spirit, I am writing to invite you to address a Joint Session of Congress on Wednesday, April 28, to share your vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment,” she added.

Biden is expected to discuss his $2trillion infrastructure plan as well as the country's latest vaccination efforts.

Biden is also expected to discuss the American Families Plan. Biden signed the plan into law in March which "continues to provide immediate relief to American families and communities."

The plan is described as an "investment in our kids, our families and our economic future."

Viewers can watch his address on all major US networks, including CNN, Fox News, CBS, NBC, and ABC.

The speech will also be available to view online via the official White House YouTube page.

Follow our Joe Biden live blog below for the very latest news and updates…

  • Alice Fuller


    In a private meeting ahead of his address, Biden told CNN's Jake Tapper that "little transition took place" when he became president. 

    Though the meeting was largely confidential, Tapper said Biden spoke briefly on the record.

    He said Biden had told him: "When I came to office, we had a circumstance that – we didn’t have much access to information about what the state of play was in the various agencies.

    "We didn’t have – in other words, there was little transition that took place."

  • Alice Fuller


    First Lady Jill Biden would traditionally have invited guests to join her in her viewing box for presidential speeches to Congress and other events of national importance.

    However, due to Covid safety measures, her five guests for the president's address tonight will be watching the speech remotely. 

    They "personify some of the issues or policies that will be addressed by the President in his speech", according to a White House statement.

    The guests are:

    • Javier Quiroz Castro – Dreamer, DACA Recipient & Nurse  
    • Maria-Isabel Ballivian – Executive Director, Annandale Christian Community For Action (ACCA) Child Development Center 
    • Tatiana Washington – Gun Violence Prevention Advocate and Organizer
    • Stella Keating – First Transgender Teen to Testify Before U.S. Senate
    • Theron Rutyna – IT Director for the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa


    The White House has said that Biden will state that "our government still works and can deliver for the people".

    He will say that in his first 100 days in office, he has "acted to restore the people’s faith in our democracy to deliver". 

    "We’re vaccinating the nation. We’re creating hundreds of thousands of jobs," he will add.

    "We’re delivering real results people can see and feel in their own lives. 
    "Opening the doors of opportunity. Guaranteeing fairness and justice."

    • Alice Fuller


      For the first time in US history, the two people seated behind the president as he delivers his address will be women.

      Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris will be seated on the House floor dais as Biden speaks. 

      They will be among only 200 people invited to listen to the speech – a stark contrast from the usual 1,600 that attend.

    • Alice Fuller


      In other excerpts released by the White House, we know that Biden will cover the American Jobs Plan. 

      He will say that many Americans feel "left behind and forgotten in an economy that's rapidly changing". 

      But he will highlight that independent experts estimate the American Jobs Plan will add millions of jobs and trillions of dollars in economic growth for years to come.

      "These are good-paying jobs that can’t be outsourced," he will add.

      "Nearly 90% of the infrastructure jobs created in the American Jobs Plan don’t require a college degree. 75% don’t require an associate’s degree.

      "The Americans Jobs Plan is a blue-collar blueprint to build America. And, it recognizes something I’ve always said: Wall Street didn’t build this country. The middle class built this country. And unions built the middle class."

    • Alice Fuller


      Donald Trump will appear on Fox Business just hours after Biden's speech tonight, The Hill reports.

      The former president will speak with Maria Bartiromo early tomorrow morning to offer his reaction.

      He will also weigh in on taxes and border controls, according to the network. 

      Trump will be on from 7am ET.

    • Alice Fuller


      The president will update Americans on the current condition of the nation, discussing the economy, policies and proposals for the next year.

      Biden is expected to cover the country's fight against coronavirus and its vaccination roll-out.

      It is anticipated he will also speak about his $2 trillion infrastructure plan.

      He may also discuss criminal justice reform after the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

    • Alice Fuller


      There will not be a designated survivor for President Joe Biden's address to Congress tonight due to the coronavirus pandemic.

      A top official is usually chosen to stay in a safe location just in case some kind of unforeseen disaster strikes.

      White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said: “There does not need to be a designated survivor because the Cabinet will be watching from their offices or home, but they will not be joining him for the speech.”

    • Alice Fuller


      The president's Congress speech live streams will have American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation for the first time in history.

      The White House said this is for increased "accessibility".

      The Biden administration has made accessibility a priority.

      He tweeted earlier today: "To make tonight's joint address accessible for all Americans, every White House livestream will have American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation for the first time in history."

    • Alice Fuller


      All major US networks will provide a stream of the address.

      This includes CNN, Fox News and ABC News. 

      The address will also be broadcast online, via the official White House YouTube page.

      All the network's channels on the video sharing platform will also provide streams. 

    • Alice Fuller


      The White House has released a few excerpts from Biden's speech tonight. 

      He will touch on how America is "on the move again" and "turning peril into possibility". 

      He will say: "As I stand here tonight, we are just one day shy of the 100th day of my administration.

      "100 days since I took the oath of office—lifted my hand off our family Bible—and inherited a nation in crisis. The worst pandemic in a century. The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. The worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War.

      "Now—after just 100 days—I can report to the nation: America is on the move again. Turning peril into possibility. Crisis into opportunity. Setback into strength."

    • Alice Fuller


      President Joe Biden is due to make his first speech to a joint session of Congress in just under an hour.

      His address is just hours before his 100th day in the White House. 

      It airs at 9pm ET. 

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