WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will deliver a rare address to a joint session of Congress next week to introduce a long-awaited plan for jobs and economic growth. Obama agreed to schedule his address on Sept. 8 after House Speaker John Boehner balked at the president’s request for a Sept. 7 speech.
Obama’s address still gives him a grand stage to unveil his economic agenda, though it falls on the same evening as the opening game of the National Football League season. White House officials were working on the precise timing of the speech in hopes of avoiding a conflict.
The change will allow a planned Sept. 7 Republican presidential debate in Simi Valley, Calif., to proceed without Obama upstaging it.