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Obama Agrees to Move Speech

President Obama agreed Wednesday to move his speech before both houses of Congress to Sept. 8—a day later than planned—after House Speaker John Boehner objected. Obama had requested to address a joint session of Congress on Sept. 7 to unveil his jobs plan—the same night as a GOP presidential debate, but Boehner wrote a letter asking Obama to move the speech because of a Republican presidential debate that night. Boehner wrote that the night of Sept. 8 would "ensure there will be no parliamentary or logistical impediments that might detract from your remarks." Earlier, in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Boehner, the president outlined his intention to lay out an ambitious series of bipartisan proposals that he says will strengthen small businesses, create more jobs, and increase wages and salaries for the middle class. Obama has said he also plans to simultaneously offer heavy deficit reductions.

August 31, 2011 9:30 PM