House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) doesn’t intend to prevent President Obamma from giving the State of the Union address to Congress in person next year. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Well, that settles that.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) dismissed suggestions made by some GOP lawmakers that he shouldn’t invite President Obama to give his annual State of the Union address to Congress in person next year.

Angry Republicans think the snub would be a useful way to punish the president for using his executive authority to change the nation’s immigration policy.

Our colleague Ed O’Keefe reports that Boehner, asked about the idea in his weekly news conference on Thursday, gave a backhanded 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?”

Ronald Reagan, right, spent some quality time with his 2-D self in 1988. (Ronald Reagan Library/ )

Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) had called on Boehner not to extend the invitation for Obama. 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 also asked about cutting the White House budget, but he didn’t respond to that part of the question.

There they go again

Ronald Reagan is suddenly the Democrats’ favorite prop.

After Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) brought a life-size cutout of the late president to the House floor Wednesday, his office started taking requests.

So Thursday, Reagan was back on the floor to help Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) make the point that the former president had also issued executive orders related to immigration.

“I’m happy that President Barack Obama is following in that great and proud tradition set forward by President Ronald Reagan, that he would rather put families first, the demagoguery and any anti-immigrant policy always last,” Gutierrez said.

A day earlier, Blumenauer had used the 2-D Reagan in a speech about raising the federal gasoline tax because Reagan had increased it when he was president.

Blumenauer joked off the floor with reporters that Reagan had been kidnapped, but his office assures us that he was only kidding, and that they are happy to lend Reagan out — especially to Democrats aiming to shame Republicans with their conservative icon. (Remember though, Reagan was a Democrat for most of his life.)

“He’s now become honorary staff,” Blumenauer spokesman Patrick Malone said of flat Reagan. “It would seem strange to just fold him up and put him in the closet.” Malone bought the cardboard cutout of Reagan for his boss online before Thanksgiving to beat the cardboard-cutout Cyber Monday rush. (Sure enough, you, too, can own one for a bargain $29.95.)

Don’t mess with Kentucky

Senate votes on judicial confirmations often follow party lines, with the — for now — Democratic majority voting for and Republicans generally voting against President Obama’s nominees. But sometimes it doesn’t work that way.

On Thursday, 18 Republicans voted to cut off debate and bring the nomination of Gregory Stivers for a U.S. District Court seat to a vote. But 23 GOP senators voted against allowing the Kentucky lawyer’s nomination to come up.

They might come to regret that vote when incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who naturally supported Stivers, takes over.

Even worse, if Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) becomes president, he may remember who voted against allowing a vote on the nomination of a man Paul introduced with high praise to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“I’ve known Greg Stivers for over 20 years as a friend, neighbor and father,” Paul said. “He’s respected in the community, he has wisdom, a sense of justice and a fidelity to the rule of law.”

Stivers eventually was confirmed on a voice vote.

Some might say “nothing personal,” just a protest against outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s use of the “nuclear option” to limit filibusters on nominations. And Paul may be a forgiving guy, but to put Stivers through all the paperwork, the vetting, the hearing and then vote against him . . .

Time is running out

You can almost hear the nail-biting as some 130 increasingly desperate Obama nominees await Senate action this week or next on their bids for top administration jobs. It’s as tense as waiting to see whether you’re “safe” on “American Idol.”

And if you make it onto outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s schedule, it’s pretty much assured you’ll be safe.

The Senate on Thursday morning approved Franklin Orr to be the Energy Department’s undersecretary for science and Joseph Hezir to be the chief financial officer there.

And, in addition to Stivers, two other judges were approved Thursday afternoon: Joseph Leeson for a district seat in Pennsylvania, and Lydia Griggsby for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Also on Harry’s list and “safe” are Jeffery Baran to be a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Lauren McFerran to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board and Ellen Williams to head the Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. Confirmations are likely Monday.

And two nominees for the Tennessee Valley Authority — Virginia Lodge and Ronald Walter — are on the list for confirmation votes next week.

Not on the list? The Senate may be closing up shop at the end of next week, so better start calling in every last chit you have. Move fast.

Technical difficulties

Scoring an on-the-record interview with a top White House official is almost as hard as getting a bill passed in Congress.

So when President Obama’s most trusted adviser, Valerie Jarrett, agreed to a sit-down with Washington Post Magazine writer Joe Heim, it was quite the get — and even then it had to be rescheduled several times.

A few weeks ago, Heim finally headed over to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to interview Jarrett for the magazine’s “Just Asking” feature. But then, when the interview was over, he checked his iPhone recorder and only the first two minutes were there. This is a reporter’s worst nightmare.

“I immediately felt just a wave of heat go through my body, just sheer terror,” Heim told the Loop.

But Jarrett took sympathy on him and let him do a redo by phone that afternoon.

He asked Jarrett what she thought of a reporter who has to ask for a do-over because his recorder didn’t work.

“That he’s human. And it’s extremely refreshing,” she said.

Jarrett, naturally, didn’t dish on the Obamas. But she did criticize unnamed former officials who wrote tell-all books after they left the White House, saying such jobs “should come with a level of loyalty and silence. At least until the president is out of office.”

— With Colby Itkowitz

Twitter: @KamenInTheLoop, @ColbyItkowitz