Boehner to Obama: Address Congress Sept. 8 Instead

August 31, 2011 - 4:51 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner is asking President Barack Obama to give his major speech on jobs to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 8 instead of Sept. 7 as requested by the president. Boehner cited a tight House schedule for insisting on the change.

Obama on Wednesday sent a letter to Boehner and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid proposing a prime time joint session for his highly anticipated economic speech. Boehner pointed out that a request requires House and Senate approval and that the House was not scheduled to return to session until Sept. 7.

Boehner said the combination of a late vote in the House and the security measures needed for a presidential address made a later date more fitting.

A Republican presidential debate also was scheduled for Sept. 7 in California.