OnPolitics: Everything to know about Biden’s State of the Union – USA TODAY

Good morning, OnPolitics readers!

As President Joe Biden prepares to give his first State of the Union address, we’re bringing you a special morning edition of OnPolitics to prep you for the big night in Washington.

Biden’s speech will be the first such address since the final one given by former President Donald Trump in February 2020. Biden spoke to a joint session in April, on the eve of his first 100 days in office.

It’s Amy and Chelsey with all things SOTU. 

What is the State of the Union?

The State of the Union is an annual message from the president to a joint session of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The address dates back to the founding of the United States and is mandated in Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 of the U.S. Constitution, which states the president “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”

How do I watch the SOTU?

The address is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET.

It will be carried by all major TV news networks (CBS, NBC, ABC and PBS) and cable news networks, including Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, MSNBC and C-SPAN.

NPR will also carry the address.

The speech will also be live-streamed by the White House and many organizations, including USA TODAY.

What will Biden talk about?

Biden’s remarks to a joint session of Congress will give him a chance to trumpet his administration’s accomplishments during his first year in office and lay out policy goals for the coming year. He’s expected to address Russia’s recent invasion into Ukraine, the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and more.

Party Responses to the SOTU

Once President Joe Biden leaves the podium after giving his first State of the Union Tuesday, two political leaders will deliver separate responses to the address: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds for the Republican Party and Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

Reynolds has been on the front lines of Republican governors pushing back against what they call government overreach throughout the pandemic, and it’s garnered her national attention. Reynolds is widely expected to seek reelection in 2022, though she has not formally announced a campaign.

Biden, a Democrat, has faced plummeting approval ratings in Iowa. According to a November Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll, 62% of Iowans disapproved of the job Biden was doing as president. Another third, 33%, approved, and 6% were not sure.

Although a member of Biden’s own party, Tlaib will speak on behalf of the independent Working Families Party. It is a first for the Michigan Democrat, who has come to represent the progressive movement on Capitol Hill along with several other female members of Congress.

USA TODAY is live streaming the State of the Union. Here’s where you can watch. — Amy and Chelsey