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State of the Union speech expected to touch on military, budget issues

March 3, 2024

Leo Shane III

Military Times

President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 7, 2023, in Washington. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

By Leo Shane III, Military Times / March 3, 2024

President Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver his annual State of the Union address to Congress on March 7, with several military-connected issues expected to be among his talking points.

Although policies directly impacting American troops or their families are not expected to be featured in the national speech, Biden is expected to talk about continued U.S. military support for Ukraine in their war against Russia and U.S. assistance to Israel in their ongoing military operations in Gaza.

He is also expected to broach Congress’ ongoing budget impasse. Federal agencies — including the Defense Department — have been operating on short-term budget extensions for five months because of political fights over spending levels.

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