House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is officially inviting President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union before a Joint Session of Congress in January.
In a letter to Obama Friday, Boehner extended the invitation for Obama to appear before Congress on Tuesday, January 20 at 9:00 in the evening.
“The new year will bring a new American Congress, and with it, the opportunity to continue our work to build a stronger economy and secure a better future for our country,” Boehner wrote in his note.
“In that spirit, it is my honor to invite you to address a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 so that you may fulfill your duty under the Constitution to report on the state of the union and recommend measures for our consideration,” he added. “Your report will inform our efforts to address the people’s priorities.”
Boehner concluded his letter with a nod to the holiday.
“I look forward to your response, and Merry Christmas,” the Ohio Republican wrote.
Refusing to invite Obama to the State of the Union was a strategy floated by some Republicans as a way to combat Obama’s executive amnesty.