John Boehner Invites Barack Obama to Give State of the Union Address

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, talks to reporters after House passed legislation to extend Social Security payroll tax cuts, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. The GOP-crafted Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act also included a measure to quickly move ahead with the controversial Keystone XL oil sands pipeline that would run from Canada to Texas. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Barack Obama was invited by House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday to deliver his third State of the Union address before the U.S. Congress Jan. 24.

Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a letter to Obama he is "privileged" to invite the president to give his update to the nation before a joint session of Congress in the House chamber and awaits his response.

In his letter, which he posted on his Web site, the speaker obliquely spoke to the partisan divide between the Democratic White House and Senate and the GOP-controlled House

"As we work together to end this legislative year by advancing initiatives to help Americans struggling in a difficult economy, we must also look ahead for new opportunities to put solutions before politics," Boehner wrote. "In the coming year, Republicans will continue our efforts to create an environment for economic growth and job creation, and we welcome an opportunity to hear your new ideas for working with the Congress."

Source: Yellowbrix

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