President Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Jan. 24, the White House said on Wednesday.
Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, invited the president by letter earlier in the day.
“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 said. “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. Therefore, I am privileged to invite you to deliver an address on the State of the Union on January 24, 2012, before a Joint Session of Congress.”
A White House official said Obama accepted Boehner's invitation.
While the Speaker’s invitation is usually accepted, the White House and Boehner’s office engaged in a scheduling skirmish over Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress on job creation this fall. While the White House wanted the address to take place on Sept. 7, Boehner’s office pushed for Sept. 8. In the end, Boehner’s office prevailed, and Obama addressed Congress on Sept. 8.