House Speaker John Boehner announced the date in a formal letter sent to Obama on Friday, inviting him to the Joint Session.
“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 an opportunity to hear your plan and specific solutions for addressing America’s great challenges.”
The address takes place annually. Obama is expected to inform Americans about the nation’s condition and outline his legislative agenda on which he and Congress will need to work. Early after his reelection, Obama said that immigration reform, climate change and energy were among his second-term priorities. However, this list may extend to include ongoing debt reduction battles with Congress, as well as gun control.