President Biden’s 2023 State of the Union address

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Publication Date February 2023
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On 7 February 2023, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, gave his State of the Union (SOTU) address to a joint session of the 118th US Congress (2023-2024). Unlike in 2022, when the US had a 'united' government, with the President's party, the Democrats, holding the majority in both chambers of Congress, Biden now faces a 'divided' government, with a Republican-led House of Representatives, and has to decide on a potential second-term bid in 2024. While in 2022, Russia's then newly launched war of aggression against Ukraine featured prominently in the SOTU, references to US foreign policy in 2023 played only a marginal role. A key priority of Biden's speech was to make benefits of his legislative achievements tangible for US voters. In contrast to 2022, President Biden 'recycled' several proposals that have not (yet) materialised, rather than presenting new ones.

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