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Boehner asks Obama to give State of the Union Jan. 20

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Dec. 4, 2014.
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Dec. 4, 2014. AP

January 20.

That’s when House Speaker John Boehner asked President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Obama is expected to accept.

The date is about a week earlier than usual. Republicans, who will control both Houses of Congress next year, will run things somewhat differently. Instead of the usual big January break, they plan to be in session most of the month.

“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 Obama Friday.

“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. Your report will inform our efforts to address the people’s priorities.”