House Speaker John Boehner issued the formal invitation to President Obama on Friday for the State of the Union address, expressing a hope for cooperation in the new year.
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President Obama’s second inaugural address on Jan. 21 isn’t the only big speech coming up. He will also deliver his fourth State of the Union (SOTU) address before a joint session of Congress on Feb. 12.
House Speaker John Boehner (R) issued the formal invitation Friday, expressing a hope for cooperation in the new year.
“Our nation continues to face immense challenges, and the American people expect us to work together in the new year to find meaningful solutions,” Speaker Boehner wrote. “This will require a willingness to seek common ground as well as presidential leadership. For that reason, the Congress and the Nation would welcome an opportunity to hear your plan and specific solutions for addressing America’s great challenges. Therefore, it is my privilege to invite you to speak before a Joint Session of Congress on February 12, 2013 in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol Building.”
With three more “fiscal cliffs” in the immediate future – the debt ceiling that will be reached right around the State of the Union, deep spending cuts known as the sequester, and the expiration of federal spending authority – bipartisanship may be just a dream.