On 7 February, President Biden will make his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress and his first appearance before the newly Republican-controlled House of Representatives. As directed by the US Constitution, the sitting president must deliver to Congress "information of the State of the Union". Less of a report card, the annual message has become an opportunity for the president to publicly tout their accomplishments and rally support for their policy agenda for the year ahead.

How will President Biden present his legislative roadmap to a divided Congress? Will any messages cut through beyond the focus on classified materials and the 2024 election? Will any foreign policy priorities get a mention beyond Ukraine?

To explore these issues ahead of President Biden's address, the United States Studies Centre hosted a webinar featuring USSC politics experts Associate Professor David Smith and Research Associate Victoria Cooper in conversation with Director of Research Jared Mondschein.