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Obama’s Address on Jobs to Congress Set for 7 P.M. on Sept 8

September 01, 2011

(Adds Boehner address in fourth paragraph.)

Sept. 1 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama will address a joint session of Congress on his plans to boost jobs and accelerate growth at 7 p.m. Washington time on Sept. 8.

House Speaker John Boehner extended the invitation to Obama after the Ohio Republican and the administration wrangled over the timing in an exchange of letters yesterday.

Obama initially sought to address Congress at 8 p.m. on Sept. 7, which had the president speaking at the same time that Republican candidates seeking their party’s presidential nomination were scheduled to debate in California. Boehner rebuffed that request and offered Sept. 8. The 7 p.m. start time means Obama won’t compete with the opening game of the National Football League season, which is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m.

In the meantime, Boehner is planning a rival address to lay out Republican job-creation ideas. Boehner will deliver a luncheon speech to the Economic Club of Washington on Sept. 15, according to the group’s web site.

Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Boehner, declined to comment about what policies Boehner will propose.

Boosting Jobs

Obama has been considering measures including more infrastructure spending, tax incentives to spur hiring, a reduction in the employer portion of the payroll tax and changes to unemployment insurance to subsidize worker retraining, according to people familiar with discussions.

The Office of Management and Budget said in an update of its economic forecasts through August that the jobless rate will average 9.1 percent in 2011 and 9 percent next year, when Obama will be running for re-election.

The dispute over the timing of Obama’s address foreshadows the bigger fight over who will lead the political debate on the economy going into next year’s election, which also will determine control of Congress.

--Editors: Joe Sobczyk, Jodi Schneider

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