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BOEHNER Rejects Obama’s Jobs Address Request – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room

August 31, 2011

Boehner asks Obama to move his jobs joint address to Thursday

By Michael O’Brien and Molly K. Hooper – 08/31/11 04:22 PM ET

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has asked President Obama to address a joint-session of Congress on Thursday, Sept. 8, when it wouldn’t conflict with the Republican presidential debate.

Citing logistical difficulties, Boehner requested that Obama hold his jobs address, which Obama wants to deliver next Wednesday, one day later.

The Speaker’s letter made no mention of the more obvious conflict: between the president’s speech, and a Republican presidential debate scheduled on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. EST. That debate is the first of the post-Labor Day political season, and the first one in which Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is set to participate.

The response by Boehner sets up an early showdown between Obama and the Congress just returning from its August recess.

Boehner, in a letter responding to Obama’s request, said the House wouldn’t have enough time to prepare for a speech that evening.

“As your spokesperson today said, there are considerations about the Congressional calendar that must be made prior to scheduling such an extraordinary event,” the Speaker wrote.

via Boehner asks Obama to move his jobs joint address to Thursday – The Hill’s Blog Briefing Room.


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