In Washington, President Biden is attending a Democratic National Committee fundraiser and hosting a concert at the White House by Elton John.
None of the legislation is expected to reach President Biden’s desk by the midterm elections, but Democratic leaders think its consideration sends an important message to voters.
The speech to the 77th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York is part of a busy day for Biden. His schedule also includes a meeting with new British Prime Minister Liz Truss.
At a White House event, the president is expected to offer his support for legislation that would require super PACs and so-called “dark money” groups to disclose donors.
After returning from London, the president is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly and hold a meeting with new British Prime Minister Liz Truss later this week.
The president has separate meetings planned Thursday with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and family members of two Americans detained in Russia: Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan.
Earlier Thursday, the White House announced it had reached a “tentative” agreement to avert a national rail strike that had threatened the nation’s economy.
The president plans to tour the North American International Auto Show and tout funding to build a network of chargers across the country that was included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that he signed last year.
The president and fellow Democrats are trying to promote the new law in advance of the November midterms, citing it as evidence that their party can get important things done in Washington.
Biden’s remarks fall on the 60th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s speech laying out his goal of landing a man on the moon.