WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will deliver his second State of the Union address to Congress on February 7.

Chairman Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., invited Biden to deliver the speech on that date in a letter Friday.

«The American people sent us to Washington to deliver a new direction for the country, find common ground, and debate their priorities. In that spirit, it is my solemn obligation to invite you to speak before a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday, February 7. 2023 so that it can fulfill its duty under the Constitution to report on the state of the union,” McCarthy’s letter to Biden said.

Biden has accepted the invitation to deliver his speech on that date, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement.

«The President appreciates and accepts President McCarthy’s prompt invitation to address the representatives of the people in Congress,» he said. “He looks forward to speaking with Republicans, Democrats and the country about how we can work together to continue to build an economy that works from the bottom up and the middle out, continue to boost our competitiveness in the world, keep the American people safe , and unite the country».

The date is the earliest in the year that Biden has addressed Congress as president. Last year, Biden delivered his State of the Union address in March and his first, which was a speech to a joint session of Congress, was in late April 2021.

This also marks Biden’s first speech as president before a Republican-controlled House. Democrats controlled the lower house for the first two years of his presidency.