Unlike in previous years, a progressive group has decided to deliver a formal response to President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress next week, NBC News reports.
It’s traditional for the opposition party to give a response when the president delivers a State of the Union or other address to Congress. But it’s much less common for a member of the president’s party to deliver a rebuttal.
Bowman, a freshman lawmaker who defeated a 16-term Democratic incumbent in a primary in a New York City district last year, said the response is intended not to be critical of Biden but rather to credit him as appropriate and cue him for what the left wants to see next.
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