According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will address a joint-session of Congress next Wednesday, March 4, during his trip across the pond. Brown will discuss an array of issues shared by both countries, including global security, climate change, and the financial crisis. He last visited the U.S. in 2007 and, according to a press release, will follow in the footsteps of Winston Churchill, Clement Atlee, Margaret Thatcher, and Tony Blair.
Here's a copy of the press release:
Pelosi Announces British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to Address Joint Session of Congress Next Week
Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will address a joint session of Congress next Wednesday, March 4.
Speaker Pelosi last met with Prime Minister Brown during a bipartisan congressional delegation to the United Kingdom in March 2008 to discuss world-wide terrorism, the global economy, and the climate crisis.
Prime Minister Brown last visited the Capitol in July 2007. This will be his first address to the United States Congress.
"Congress will warmly welcome Prime Minister Brown to the Capitol next week as part of his visit to the United States," said Speaker Pelosi. "We look forward to hearing the Prime Minister's views on how we can continue to work together to protect our citizens from threats of global scope, to better protect our planet from climate change, and to strengthen the world economy for workers on both sides of the Atlantic.
"The special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States has helped to secure the peace of the world against the most serious of threats," she continued. "As we continue to strengthen our relationship in this new century, our two proud nations must again rise to the challenge of confronting global economic, environmental, and security challenges."
Other British Prime Ministers to have addressed Congress include Winston Churchill, Clement Atlee, Margaret Thatcher, and Tony Blair.
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