President Biden’s first address to Congress is invite-only

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President Joe Biden delivers remarks to State Department staff, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s first address to Congress is an invite-only affair, no guests allowed.

The restrictions for Wednesday’s event are due to COVID-19 safety protocols, but will have the added security benefit of a limited number of people inside the Capitol for the president’s first major indoor event since he took office just weeks after the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The fence is still up around the U.S. Capitol, and the National Guard is still there.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited Biden to the chamber to share his “vision for addressing the challenges and opportunities of this historic moment.”

Presidents don’t deliver a State of the Union address to Congress until their second year in office.

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