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2-5MAHMP Why does the President deliver a State of the Union Address?

This is Dr. Susan Rempel. Welcome to another edition of 5 Minutes of American History for the Modern Patriot

Have you ever wondered how it came about that the President stands before Congress once each year to deliver a State of the Union Address? The President is required to do so in Article 2, Section 3 of the Constitution. The pertinent portion of that section reads as follows: “He shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union, and recommend to their consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient

In keeping with Article 2, Section 3 of the Constitution, George Washington presented his first annual message to Congress on January 8, 1790. It was delivered in the same Federal Hall chamber where he had been inaugurated. In less than 1100 words, Washington called for a standing army, funding for diplomats representing the United States in foreign countries, and steps to innovate and improve agriculture, commerce, industry.

You can read Washington’s First Annual Message on my website, and typing the key words “Washington first message”  in the search box which is located in the upper left corner of every page.

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