President Joe Biden will deliver his second State of the Union address on Tuesday amid dropping unemployment numbers, the war in Ukraine and a Chinese spy balloon.
“Next week, I’ll be reporting on the state of the Union,” Biden said Friday after a stronger-than-expected jobs report that saw the unemployment rate drop to the lowest level in more than 53 years. “But today, I’m happy to report that the state of the union and the state of our economy is strong.”
The speech is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. EST and will be delivered in front of a joint session of Congress. It will be broadcast live on the three major networks and cable news channels.
Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders will deliver the Republican response. The response will follow Biden’s address.
Biden will have someone new sitting behind him during the address. It will be the first State of the Union address since Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-California, was elected speaker of the House.
Biden will come before Congress to deliver the address at a time when some Americans feel the country is not headed in the right direction.
According to a Monmouth University poll, barely four in 10 Americans say the state of the union is strong, with many saying the inability of Republicans and Democrats to work together is the problem.
There is a partisan divide in the poll’s results, with 58% of Democrats and 29% of Republicans saying the state of the union is strong.
However, a majority of Americans, 59%, said Washington is the problem, with the federal government having a “negative impact” on their lives.