WORCESTER, Mass. - President Joe Biden is delivering his second State of the Union address to Congress Tuesday night.
Worcester State University political science professor Anthony Dell'Aera said Biden needs to lay out his vision for the upcoming year working with a divided Congress.
"As he conveys his message to Congress and the American public, he needs to stay true to his nature as a bipartisan deal maker," Dell'Aera said. "But I believe it also means he needs to draw and line in the sand with issues like social security and medicare and health care, which are going to be off the table in terms of negotiating with the Republican majority in the House."
On Capitol Hill, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) also recognized the need for bipartisanship, and said there are several issues he thinks Democrats and Republicans can work together on this session.
"We should work together on health care, providing children's house care, giving women the ability to make their own decisions about their bodies and we should work hard to make sure we give support the to the Ukrainian people they're going to need in order to fend off the invasion by Russia," Markey said.
Dell'Aera said the president also needs to tell the public about the scope of his accomplishments the past two years, with public opinion of Biden lower than where some expected it to be. He also said Biden needs to show he is physically and mentally up to the challenge of being an 80-year-old president.
Markey invited Massachusetts resident Kate Dineen to Biden's speech. Dineen is an abortion rights activist who needed to travel from Boston to Maryland to seek care. Markey said inviting Dineen will highlight the importance of codifying the right to an abortion into law.