LIVE: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Holds News Conference in Washington, D.C.

Date: 2021-02-17 19:29:38

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(Feb. 17) Watch live as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, in Washington, D.C.

President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress is all but certain to slip into March, making it the latest debut presidential speech to lawmakers in decades.

The Senate’s impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump slowed work on a pandemic relief bill, delaying the originally expected timeline. Two administration officials said Tuesday they didn’t expect Biden to lay out his longer-term economic recovery plan — set to feature in the address to the joint session — until after the recovery bill passes.

That pushes the speech into March, given the current timeline for the Covid-19 assistance legislation. The House intends to hold its first vote on that bill on Feb. 26, with the goal of final passage before March 14 — when key benefits from the previous round of pandemic aid will expire.

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