Only 200 People to Attend Biden’s Speech to Joint Session of Congress: Pelosi

Only 200 people will attend President Joe Biden’s first speech to a joint session of Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Tuesday. “It’ll be its own character, it’ll be its own wonderful character,” Pelosi told reporters in Washington, adding that the attendance would be down from its usual number, which she pegged at 1,600. “That’s a different dynamic, but it has its own worth,” she added. Most speeches by presidents to Congress are attended by all 535 members, their guests, and hundreds of others. Biden’s Wednesday speech in the U.S. Capitol is similar to State of the Union addresses, but the first speech of a presidency is not officially known as one. Pelosi as speaker of the House is in charge of arranging particulars of the speech. The White House signaled earlier that the number of attendees would be significantly lower than normal, citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. People …

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