Republicans plan to deliver SNUB Biden’s first speech to Congress – even though only 200 may be in attendance

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Several Republican lawmakers plan to denounce President Joe Biden’s first speech to Congress Wednesday as the joint session is limited to 200 in attendance in the midst of the pandemic.

“I don’t think I’ll likely be there,” Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa told Punchbowl News.

Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, a staunch ally of Trump, said: “ I haven’t decided yet … I don’t know whether I’m going to this one or not. We will see.’

Then Senator. Tom Cotton from Arkansas was asked the same, he laughed and said, “No comment.”

Biden’s speech falls into office around his 100th day, and takes place while the Senate is in session, but not the House.

Republicans plan to disapprove President Joe Biden's first speech at a joint session of Congress on Wednesday

Republicans plan to disapprove President Joe Biden’s first speech at a joint session of Congress on Wednesday

Joni Ernst after the GOP lunch on April 13, 2021

Josh Hawley questions witnesses at a Senate Committee hearing on April 20, 2021

The House is out of session next week, but even Republican senators say they have no intention of attending. “I don’t think I’ll likely be attending,” said Iowa Senator Joni Ernst (left). Missouri Senator Josh Hawley (right) said, ‘I don’t know if I’m going to this one or not’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in charge of logistics, and a group of GOP members sent her a letter requesting that they change the date to a time when they are in session.

The group, led by Rep. Claudia Tenney of New York also requested that Pelosi open the speech to all members.

“It is unprecedented in the history of our nation to convene a joint session of Congress like this one without inviting all members of Congress,” Tenney wrote.

“ We understand the need to prioritize member safety and strongly believe that with proper precautions and social distance measures, a space designed for nearly 1,000 people can have a capacity of approximately 50 percent to accommodate all members of the House and Senate present to house safely. , ‘she continued.

During the inauguration of the Capitol on January 3, all members of both houses were allowed to attend. Tenney noted this in her letter.

It appears that Pelosi has not yet replied to the letter.

Ohio Representative Jim Jordan said he would attend Biden’s speech and hopes the invitation will be extended to the entire Congress.

‘To be honest, I’d rather go. I think the whole house should be there, ”Jordan told Punchbowl. “He should talk to Congress.”

The ticket allocation has not been disclosed, but it will somehow be distributed among House Democrats, House Republicans, Senate Democrats, and Senate Republicans. Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will decide which of their respective members will receive the limited number of tickets.

Rep. Claudia Tenney of New York led a group of GOP lawmakers and demanded that Pelosi change the date to when they were in session and open the speech to all members

Rep. Claudia Tenney of New York led a group of GOP lawmakers and demanded that Pelosi change the date to when they were in session and open the speech to all members

Texas Representative Rodney Davis from Illinois said, “I’m not going.”

“They announced it late and we already have plans not to be here our week,” he continued, referring to plans he had made knowing the House won’t be meeting next week.

‘I am not [going]said Greg Pence, the brother of former Vice President Mike Pence’s brother. “I have a Lincoln Day dinner at home.”

Nancy Mace, South Carolina representative, said, “That’s a week in the district, so I’ll be in the district.”

However, the entire event will not only be filled with Democrats.

Despite several Republicans claiming that they will not attend – even if they receive an invitation – there are some who say they would rather go.

Senator Masha Blackburn from Tennessee said, “I suppose we will attend.”

“I intend to,” said Alaska centrist Senator Lisa Murkowski.

Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina said he will attend if invited. “I don’t agree with his policy, but he’s a fine man,” he said.

Biden’s first address to the body where he served for 36 years will be a scaled-down affair due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Behind the president for the modified joint session are Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris.

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