Leaders Issue Formal Invitation for Obama Speech

Posted February 12, 2009 at 6:17pm

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) issued a formal invitation to President Barack Obama Thursday evening to address the full Congress on Feb. 24. Obama and Congressional leaders have already signaled that Obama will appear before Congress that evening for a State of the Union-type address, though it is not formally being billed as such. The invitation comes after both chambers passed a concurrent resolution issuing the invitation. “We greatly appreciate your support for the legislation we have sent you to guarantee fair pay for women and expanded health care for children, and for your leadership as we work to finalize an economic recovery bill, which we will send you shortly,” the Pelosi-Reid letter opens. The Democratic leaders go on to say: “This Congress and your Administration have truly hit the ground running, but our hard work has just begun.”