The president’s annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress is set for Jan. 28.
House Speaker John Boehner, in extending the formal invitation to the president today, also tried to set the agenda.
“In the coming year, Americans expect Washington to focus on their priorities and to look for common ground in addressing the challenges facing our country,” the Ohio Republican wrote to President Barack Obama today. “In that spirit, we welcome an opportunity to hear your ideas, particularly for putting Americans back to work. ”
There’s a good chance that the president plans to talk about that.
And more. Like immigration. And tax reform.
Boehner, famously sat while the audience rose in applause for Obama‘s pitch for immigration reform during his last State of the Union address on Feb. 12.
Immigration is hardly the only unfinished business of the 113th Congress.
The House also sat in silence this year while the Senate failed to enact tougher background checks for gun-buyers following the Dec. 14 slaying of 20 schoolchildren and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut.
Republicans and Democrats alike in the Senate wore green ribbons in honor of the victims of the Sandy Hook massacre, though the Senate fell short of the super-majority vote needed to pass the gun bill.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, for his part, delivered his response to this year’s State of the Union before it was delivered. And have we forgotten Sen. Marco Rubio’s water break during his delivery of the Republican response?