The address will mark Obama’s third State of the Union and his sixth time appearing before a joint session of Congress since the 2008 election. Obama last addressed Congress in September, when he delivered a speech on jobs.

“As we work together to end this legislative year by advancing initiatives to help Americans struggling in a difficult economy, we must also look ahead for new opportunities to put solutions before politics,” Boehner wrote in his letter to Obama. “In the coming year, Republicans will continue our efforts to create an environment for economic growth and job creation, and we welcome an opportunity to hear your new ideas for working with the Congress. Therefore, I am privileged to invite you to deliver an address on the State of the Union on January 24, 2012, before a Joint Session of Congress.”

Obama’s State of the Union will also come at a key moment in the heated race for the Republican presidential nomination: Jan. 24 falls three days after the South Carolina presidential primary and one week before Florida holds its nominating contest.