Boehner Rejects Obama's Plea For Joint Congress, Thinks GOP Debate More Important Than Obama's Jobs Speech

 In a letterto Congressional leaders, Obama requested a joint session of Congress on September 7, where he would deliver a much-needed speech on jobs and the economy.  But September 7 is the date scheduled for the GOP debate, and Boehner wrote back suggesting Obama give his speech on September 8, opening night of NFL season. 

Despite the debate sponsors' willigness to reschedule, Boehner wrote the following in his rejection letter:

“As the Majority Leader announced more than a month ago, the House will not be in session until Wednesday, Sept. 7, with votes at 6:30 that evening. With the significant amount of time, typically more than three hours, that is required to allow for a security sweep of the House Chamber before receiving a President, it is my recommendation that your address be held on the following evening, when we can ensure there will be no parliamentary or logistical impediments that might detract from your remarks.”

There will, however, be broadcasting impediments that might distract from Obama's remarks, as September 8 is opening night for football season, an evening of television to which many Americans are devoted. 

And yet, Boehner claimed to agree that “creating a better environment for job creation must be our most urgent priority," but insisted the House has been working towards “an agenda designed to reduce economic uncertainty, remove unnecessary government barriers to private-sector job creation, and help small businesses.”

Apparently Boehner is more interested in political pettiness and the GOP debate (the last of which he did not even watch) than millions of jobless Americans and the bipartisan effort to create jobs Obama asked for in his letter. 

AlterNet / By Kristen Gwynne

Posted at August 31, 2011, 11:56am

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