Obama to deliver State of the Union address to Congress on Feb. 12

President Obama will deliver the 2013 State of the Union address on Feb. 12.

The State of the Union will come a few weeks after Obama is inaugurated for a second term, and is a little later as a result. The speech to Congress and the nation is expected to be dominated by economic issues and will come weeks before the nation could default on its debt payments. 

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) invited the president to make the address in a letter on Friday. 

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

On Wednesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney suggested that Obama would use his next State of the Union address to outline his proposal for immigration reform — something Obama has vowed to make a top priority during the early period of his second term in office.

Obama will likely also touch on his effort to tackle gun violence. Vice President Biden said this week he would provide recommendations to Obama on that topic next week. 

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