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Special Coverage Of Biden's Address To A Joint Session Of Congress

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA - APRIL 23: In this handout provided by NASA, A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft is seen to the right of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington as it is launches NASAs SpaceX Crew-2 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide onboard, on Friday, April 23, 2021, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA's SpaceX Crew-2 mission is the second crew rotation mission of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency's Commercial Crew Program. Kimbrough, McArthur, Pesquet, and Hoshide launched at 5:49 a.m. EDT from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center to begin a six month mission onboard the orbital outpost.. (Photo by Aubrey Gemignani/NASA via Getty Images)

Updated April 28, 2021 at 11:04 PM ET

Live special coverage of President Biden's address to a joint session of Congress has ended.President Biden will make his debut address in front of a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, ahead of his 100th day in office on Thursday. He's expected to speak on a range of issues, including his administration's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, the newly unveiled American Families Plan and policy issues like police reform, immigration and guns.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., invited Biden to address both chambers in a letter this month."Nearly 100 days ago, when you took the oath of office, you pledged in a spirit of great hope that 'Help Is On The Way,' " Pelosi wrote. "In that spirit, I am writing to invite you to address a Joint Session of Congress on Wednesday, April 28, to share your vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment."The speech comes as more than 40% of Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to NPR's vaccination tracker. While polls show that most Americans approve of Biden's approach to the pandemic and the economy, he has received lower marks on immigration.With COVID-19 protocols in place in the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday night's address will be a limited event with a downsized audience of about 200 attendees, rather than the roughly 1,600 who typically attend. The event will also make history as Vice President Harris and Pelosi sit behind Biden, marking the first time that two women appear behind the president for an address to a joint session of Congress.For a president whose early agenda has drawn comparisons to Democratic titans like Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson, the joint address will give Biden an opportunity to pitch the public on what he has accomplished so far and how his presidency should be remembered — at least its first 100 days. Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.