British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will be the first foreign leader this year to speak before a joint meeting of Congress.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Gordon will deliver a speech to House and Senate members next Wednesday. Brown visited the Capitol in July 2007, but this will be his first address to Congress.

He joins past British prime ministers including Winston Churchill, Clement Atlee, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair who have addressed Congress.

The last foreign leader to address a joint meeting of Congress was Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern in April last year.

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