Posted: Jan 11, 2011 1:24 PM
Source: Associated Press
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner has invited President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union speech to a joint session of Congress on Jan. 25, the first opportunity for the president to address the full assembly of lawmakers under new divided government.
The address is typically an opportunity for the president to lay out an agenda for the year, charting a course for domestic and foreign policy.
In a letter to Obama obtained by the Associated Press, Boehner acknowledged this weekend's Arizona shooting that left six dead and 14 injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically wounded.
Boehner wrote that "even in the wake of tragedy, we must never waver from our obligation to carry out their will and provide solutions to keep moving our nation forward."