State of the Union

VIDEO: State of the Union Coverage

Jan 30, 2018
Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead / Facebook

President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. 

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Democratic Response

Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, seen as a rising political star with a famous last name, will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union. In announcing their decision, Democratic leaders in Congress called Kennedy a "relentless fighter for working Americans." Kennedy is the grandson of the late Robert Kennedy, the former U.S. attorney general and New York senator who was assassinated in 1968. He is also the great nephew of both the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and the late president John F. Kennedy.

At least three Democratic congressmen from Illinois are boycotting President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address. 

A congressman representing a large portion of downstate Illinois will be listening closely to President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight.

Bustos to honor veterans advocate at State of the Union

Jan 19, 2015

A man who helps fellow veterans in the Quad Cities will be in Washington tonight for the President's State of Union Address. Mike Malmstrom will be the guest of Illinois 17th District Congresswoman, Cheri Bustos.

Malmstrom served in the Marines during the Vietnam War, and in recent years has organized the annual Quad Cities Stand Down - a weekend in the fall when homeless veterans can meet with federal and state agencies including the V-A, get meals, medical care, winter clothing, and a place to sleep for a couple of nights. 

Schock on the State of the Union

Jan 29, 2014

18th District Congressman Aaron Schock says he liked the President’s comments on tax reform. 

Washington Mayor to attend State of the Union address

Jan 22, 2014

The mayor of one of the hardest-hit communities during the November tornadoes is headed to the nation’s capital. U.S. Senator Mark Kirk invited Washington Mayor Gary Manier to attend next week’s State of the Union address. Manier says Kirk toured the damage shortly after the destructive storm destroyed hundreds of homes.