The speech comes as the president tries to garner support for his agenda in mid-term elections with lawmakers and voters
The date was chosen, in part, to avoid conflict with the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, which will be held from February 4 to February 20 and generate significant television coverage. The annual speech to Congress is typically one of the highest-rated speeches for a president to deliver in front of a television audience.
Typically, addresses are delivered in late January or early February.
Since taking office, Mr. Biden has signed into law a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid bill and a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. But other priorities have stalled, including election-law changes and his nearly $2 trillion Build Back Better Plan funding education, climate and child care measures.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.V.A.), whose support Democrats need to push the bill 50-50 in the Senate, said last month that he was opposed to the package, asking Democrats to move forward. inspired to find a new path.
The country is also grappling with the pandemic, with a surge in cases and a widespread rollout of vaccines despite the school being reminded of its perseverance.
—Ken Thomas contributed to this article.
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