President Biden delivered his second State of the Union address on Tuesday night, before the House chamber was packed to the rafters after two consecutive years of limited attendance due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Biden, 80, is expected to use the speech to lay the groundwork for his 2024 re-election campaign, with the White House promising the president will dust off “unity” talking points — his Despite spending most of the last year bashing Republicans. Supporters of former President Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again movement.
Unlike in 2022, Biden will face a divided Congress when Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in the Nov. 8 midterm elections.
The president and new House Speaker Kevin McCarthy are expected to engage in protracted negotiations in the coming months to avoid an expected summer default that would shock the U.S. and global economy.
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