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No designated survivor chosen for Biden's joint address to Congress

No designated survivor chosen for Biden's joint address to Congress
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A designated survivor will not be chosen for President BidenJoe BidenBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' Conservative group sues over prioritization of women, minorities for restaurant aid MORE’s joint address to Congress on Wednesday, and several Cabinet members will not attend the speech in person amid the ongoing pandemic.

Usually, presidents designate a high-ranking official to stay in a secure location as they deliver their annual address to lawmakers in case of a catastrophe at the Capitol that kills the president and Cabinet officials in attendance.

However, Biden’s speech this year will be limited to 200 lawmakers, Biden administration officials and staff due to limitations during the coronavirus pandemic. White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBlinken talks with Netanyahu amid escalating violence White House: 'Disturbing' to see Cheney booted for telling the truth The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Republican reactions to Cheney's removal MORE confirmed on Tuesday that most of the president’s Cabinet will not be watching the speech in person, so a designated survivor will not be selected. 

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Psaki said Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenOvernight Defense: Ex-Pentagon chief defends Capitol attack response as GOP downplays violence | Austin, Biden confer with Israeli counterparts amid conflict with Hamas | Lawmakers press Pentagon officials on visas for Afghan partners Biden speaks with Israel's Netanyahu amid spiraling conflict with Hamas Blinken talks with Netanyahu amid escalating violence MORE, Secretary of Defense Lloyd AustinLloyd AustinOvernight Defense: Ex-Pentagon chief defends Capitol attack response as GOP downplays violence | Austin, Biden confer with Israeli counterparts amid conflict with Hamas | Lawmakers press Pentagon officials on visas for Afghan partners Trump appointee endorses Christine Wormuth as Army secretary Austin repeats 'ironclad support' for Israel in conflict with Palestine MORE, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts, first lady Jill BidenJill BidenJennifer Garner to travel to West Virginia with Jill Biden Biden honors his mom on Mother's day: 'She was the quintessential lady' Jill Biden commends moms on Mother's Day for being 'strong and resilient' amid pandemic MORE, Vice President Harris and second gentleman Douglas EmhoffDoug EmhoffThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - House GOP drama intensifies; BIden sets new vax goal Biden plugs infrastructure with a personal favorite: Amtrak MORE will all be in attendance.

Senate President Pro Tempore Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyBiden officials testify that white supremacists are greatest domestic security threat Senate Democrats push Biden over raising refugee cap On The Money: Democratic scramble complicates Biden's human infrastructure plan | Progressives push on student debt relief MORE (D-Vt.), who is third in line for the presidency behind Harris and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Inflation jumps at fastest pace since 2008 | Biden 'encouraged' on bipartisan infrastructure deal Overnight Health Care: CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15 | House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill | Panel blasts COVID-19 response Biden 'encouraged' by meeting with congressional leaders on infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.) is expected to attend Biden’s speech on Wednesday, Politico reported.

If Treasury Secretary Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenJudge rejects GOP effort to block tax provision in Biden stimulus bill Growing inflation is Biden's hidden tax on working Americans The Biden administration's domestic approach to foreign policy MORE does not attend the speech, she will be the highest-ranking Cabinet member in the line of succession for the presidency not in the Capitol building during the event. 

Leahy told reporters on Tuesday that he has “got to think about” whether to attend Biden’s speech, Politico reported.

Biden will use his address to the joint session of Congress to lay out his next legislative proposal focusing on child care and education, in addition to calling for police reform and addressing the pandemic and other top issues.

“A core of that will be him laying out the specifics of the American Families Plan, his commitment to child care, to education, and to delivering on those middle class priorities,” Psaki told reporters last week.