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Some Republican lawmakers plan to skip OBAMA’S JOBS SPEECH – The Washington Post

September 7, 2011

Some Republican lawmakers plan to skip Obama’s jobs speech

By Felicia Sonmez

This story has been updated.

That feeling of bipartisan goodwill that marked President Obama’s last address to a joint session of Congress in January?

Don’t expect it to make another appearance Thursday night.

Several congressional Republicans have said that they don’t plan to be in the House chamber when Obama delivers his jobs address to a joint session at 7 p.m. Thursday. A White House spokesman called their planned absences “regrettable.”

Freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) was the first to announce last week when he wrote via Twitter that he would instead travel to his home district to meet with his constituents.

“Instead of being a prop of another one of the President’s speeches, next Thursday I will fly home to IL to talk to real job creators,” Walsh tweeted.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) told ABC News’ Jon Karl that he likely won’t attend the speech, either.

via Some Republican lawmakers plan to skip Obama’s jobs speech – 2chambers – The Washington Post.

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