House Republicans:  With the departure of former Speaker McCarthy and the ouster of Rep. Santos the House Republicans were down to only 220 Members.  This number was further reduced when on Friday House Majority Leader Steve Scalise announced that he would stay in Louisiana for stem cell treatment as he fights blood cancer.  Additionally, Republican  Representative Bill Johnson of Ohio announced that he would depart Congress on January 21 to become President of Youngstown State University bringing the total number of Republicans down to 218 vs 213 Democrats until Leader Scalise can return.

State of the Union: The Constitution requires the President to report to Congress from time to time on the state of the union. While Washington and Adams gave in-person State of the Union addresses, from Thomas Jefferson to Woodrow Wilson the constitutional requirement was met by a written address. Since President Wilson went to the House chamber to give his address in 1913 it has become a traditional obligation for each President.  Since the speech is given in the House Chamber it requires a formal invitation from the House Speaker.  Speaker Johnson on Friday formally invited President Biden to give his State of the Union on March 7th

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