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Biden aims to deliver reassurance in State of Union address
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is ready to offer a reassuring assessment of the nation’s condition rather than roll out flashy policy proposals as he delivers his second State of the Union address Tuesday night. He’ll also be trying to overcome pessimism in the country and concerns about his own leadership. His speech before a politically divided Congress comes as the nation struggles with economic uncertainty, a wearying war in Ukraine and growing tensions with China. It’s Biden’s first speech to Congress since Republicans took control of the House in the midterm elections.
State of the Union? Congress doesn’t fully reflect diversity
WASHINGTON (AP) — When lawmakers gather for President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address, the Republican side of the aisle will look slightly different than in years past. The House Republican majority has Black, Latino and female elected officials in their ranks. GOP diversity is helping to make the new Congress the most racially and ethnically diverse ever. But a stark gap remains. On the Republican side, the new majority is still made up mostly of white, male lawmakers, which does not fully capture the demographics of the country. The Center for Women in American Politics says 33 Republican women are now in the House, up from 13 in 2019.
Arkansas Gov. Sanders to offer State of the Union rebuttal