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Obama invited to deliver State of the Union Feb. 12

Published On: Jan 30 2013 02:46:16 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 11 2013 10:45:16 AM CST
Barack Obama

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(CNN) -

House Speaker John Boehner sent a letter Friday to President Barack Obama formally inviting him to deliver the first State of the Union address of his second term on Feb. 12.

In the letter, Boehner wrote "Our nation continues to face immense challenges, and the American people expect us to work together in the new year to find meaningful solutions."

"This will require a willingness to seek common ground as well as presidential leadership," Boehner continued. "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."

Last year Obama delivered his State of the Union address on Jan. 24. Topics for this year's address could include ongoing battles with Congress over the federal debt, tighter gun control laws, and a revamp of the nation's immigration laws, which Obama has vowed to tackle during his second term in the White House.

Boehner's proposed date, Feb. 12, also happens to be Lincoln's birthday.