Well, that settles that.

Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) dismissed suggestions made by some GOP lawmakers that the House leader shouldn’t invite President Obama to give his annual State of the Union address to Congress in person next year. Angry Republicans believe the snub would be a useful way to punish the president for using his executive authority to change the nation’s immigration policy.

Asked about the idea during his weekly press conference on Thursday, Boehner gave a back-handed response:

“Listen, the more the president talks about his ideas, the more unpopular he becomes. Why would I want to deprive him of that opportunity?” he said.

Late Tuesday, Rep. Paul C. Broun (R-Ga.) called on Boehner not to extend the invitation for Obama, while Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) suggested that the budgets for White House operations, including for Air Force One, should be trimmed. Other conservatives have mentioned censuring the president, impeaching him or suing the administration over its immigration actions.

Boehner was asked about cutting the White House budget, but he didn’t respond to that part of the question, focusing instead on the speech.

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