Obama’s State of the Union on Jan. 27: Will He Have a Health Care Bill?
January 19, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-President Obama’s first State of the Union address has been scheduled for Wednesday, January 27. Barack Obama will speak before a joint session of Congress to outline his agenda for the upcoming year and take a look back at his first year in office, after inheriting a destroyed economy, two wars and years of abuse of our Constitution and rule of law by Bush/Cheney.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters on Monday that his speech would be broadcast on national television and also streamed live on the White House Web site.
There was some recent angst by fans of the popular ABC series Lost, when rumors circulated that the White House was considering scheduling the State of the Union Address on Feb. 2, which happens to be the series’ premier. Rabid fans even started a Facebook page, called “Americans Against the State of the Union on the Same Night as LOST” to urge Obama to choose a different night for his address.
President Obama had hoped to have a signed health care reform bill, by the time he spoke before the joint chambers of Congress, but that’s now certainly in doubt with the Massachusetts special election to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s senate seat. If the Republican challenger Scott Brown wins on Tuesday night, the senate would lose that important filibuster-proof 60th vote.
The remaining “no-brainer” option would be for the House to rally behind their President and his agenda and pass the Senate’s version of health care reform, as is. Improvements could be made to the bill in future funding legislation.
The State of the Union address will begin at 9 p.m. EST.
Photo Source: Official White House photo by Pete Souza