Thursday, 1 September 2011

Obama requests joint session of Congress

 Updated at: 0629 PST, Thursday, September 01, 2011
Obama requests joint session of Congress WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama Wednesday requested the spotlight of a joint session of Congress on September 7 to unveil his new jobs plan at the exact time of a Republican 2012 candidates debate.

Obama's decision to debut his initiative -- possibly his last chance to revive the staggering economy before election year -- in such a prominent venue in prime time, reflected his need to replenish dwindled political capital.

It will also raise expectations for the plan, as Obama has repeatedly unveiled new jobs plans and economic measures only to see the unemployment rate stubbornly stuck at 9.1 percent and the recovery apparently stalling.

"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," said Obama in a letter to top congressional leaders.

There was no immediate answer to Obama's request from Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner. The House and the Democratic-led Senate must both agree for a rare joint session to be scheduled. (AFP)


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