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Obama plans to outline jobs plan in speech to Congress on Sept. 7

August 31, 2011|By Michael A. Memoli
  • President Obama delivers his most recent State of the Union address. Obama will address another joint session of Congress on Sept. 7 to discuss his jobs plan.
President Obama delivers his most recent State of the Union address. Obama… (Pablo Martinez Monsivais…)

President Obama plans to unveil his new job-creation plan in a speech to a joint session of Congress on the evening of Sept. 7, the White House announced Wednesday.

In a tweet, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer first revealed that Obama had requested the rare speech to a joint session "to lay out his plan to create jobs, grow the economy and reduce the deficit."

"As I have traveled across our country this summer and spoken with our fellow Americans, I have heard a consistent message: Washington needs to put aside politics and start making decisions based on what is best for our country and not what is best for each of our parties in order to grow the economy and create jobs. We must answer this call," Obama wrote to congressional leaders in a letter requesting the session.

It would be his second such address to lawmakers beyond the annual State of the Union speech. Obama made the case for his healthcare reform plan to Congress on Sept. 9, 2009, an address that spurred the infamous "You lie!" retort from Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.).

The administration has been reluctant to share details of what the president might propose. But Obama said in a radio interview Tuesday that his plan would focus on "putting people to work rebuilding our roads, our bridges, our schools all across America."

"It is my intention to lay out a series of bipartisan proposals that the Congress can take immediately to continue to rebuild the American economy by strengthening small businesses, helping Americans get back to work, and putting more money in the paychecks of the middle class and working Americans, while still reducing our deficit and getting our fiscal house in order," Obama said in his letter Wednesday.

The timing of the planned speech would conflict with a Republican presidential candidates debate also planned for Wednesday at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said at the start of his briefing Wednesday that the debate wasn't a factor in the administration's planning.

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