The Washington Times - December 13, 2013, 01:13PM

In a conciliatory note, Speaker John A. Boehner has invited President Obama to give the annual State of the Union address on Jan. 28 to a joint session of Congress.

In a letter to the president on Friday, Mr. Boehner said Americans “expect Washington to focus on their priorities and to look for common ground in addressing the challenges facing our country.”

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“In that spirit, we welcome an opportunity to hear your ideas, particularly for putting Americans back to work,” Mr. Boehner said.

The Republican-led House approved a two-year federal budget Thursday that gave the administration much of what it wanted by easing spending cuts.