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Obama invited to deliver State of the Union address on January 12

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan has formally invited President Barack Obama to deliver the annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on the evening of January 12.

"As we look ahead to the new year, we have both an opportunity and an obligation to find common ground to advance the nation’s interests at home and abroad," Ryan said in a letter to Obama. "We also owe it to the American people to present solutions that address the challenges they face."

The Republican from Wisconsin welcomed the president to deliver his speech on January 12 at 9 p.m. ET. It will be Obama's last State of the Union address before his second term comes to an end in January 2017. The 2017 State of the Union address will be delivered by the next president, who will be elected in November 2016.

There was no immediate word from the White House on whether Obama had accepted the invitation to deliver the address at 9 p.m. Eastern time on January 12, but he is expected to do so.

This year, Obama delivered his State of the Union speech on January 20.

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