President Joe Biden kicked off his first State of the Union address before a divided Congress by congratulating the new GOP House speaker and saying he looks forward to “working together.”

Bipartisanship is one of the themes Biden will emphasize throughout the speech.

He also quickly hit on the improved economy, the fact that COVID “no longer controls our lives,” and that democracy “remains unbowed and unbroken.”

The latest on Biden’s speech:

  • Blue-collar pitch: Promoting his economic plan, Biden assured Americans that he wants to invest in “places and people that have been forgotten,” arguing that “too many people have been left behind or treated like they’re invisible.”
  • Biden calls Pelosi ‘greatest speaker’ ever: Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t sitting behind Biden for his address but she got a special call-out from the president anyway.
  • Biden touts progress on insulin prices while pushing for more: Biden renewed his call to cap the cost of insulin at $35 a month for every American.

Biden says Republicans want to ‘take the economy hostage’ in debt ceiling talks

Biden accused Republicans of wanting to “take the economy hostage” unless he agrees to their demands for spending cuts during debt ceiling talks.

Biden demanded Republicans show “what their plans are.” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has not specified what Republicans want axed.

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