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Biden becomes just fourth president to have given both SOTU rebuttal and joint address

Biden becomes just fourth president to have given both SOTU rebuttal and joint address
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President BidenJoe BidenChinese apps could face subpoenas, bans under Biden executive order: report OVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Poll: Majority back blanket student loan forgiveness MORE on Wednesday night made his first address to a joint session of Congress. He also made history as the fourth president in history to deliver both a congressional address as president and a State of the Union party response.

Only three other presidents have done the same: Gerald Ford, Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFire-proofing forests is not possible Obama's presidential center may set modern record for length of delay Appeals court affirms North Carolina's 20-week abortion ban is unconstitutional MORE and George H.W. Bush, noted CSPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman.

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Then-Senator Biden delivered the Democratic responses to Republican President Ronald Reagan's State of the Union addresses in 1983 1984. Biden served as a senator for six terms representing Delaware before becoming vice president under former President Obama in 2009.

The tradition of the party response dates back to 1966, notes the Fairfield Sun Times.

Gerald Ford, president from 1974 to 1977, gave three State of the Union address during his presidency. As a Michigan representative, Ford delivered three Republican party responses to the addresses made by Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson between 1966 and 1968, according to the House of Representatives website.

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In 1985, then-Gov. Bill Clinton (D-Ark.) spoke on behalf of the Democrats after President Reagan’s address.

George H.W. Bush, at the time a Republican congressman, was among the those who offered a rebuttal to Democratic former President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968.

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