The president is expected to discuss ways to get the pandemic under control and getting people back to work. He also is expected to outline his American Families Plan that would focus on child care, health care, education and other ways to support households. Biden said he wants to pay for it by raising taxes on very high-income earners.
Attendance at the session is limited because of the coronavirus pandemic to allow for social distancing. Only about 200 of the 535 members of Congress received tickets and none was allowed to bring guests. However, some lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have invited “virtual” guests to watch.