Obama Moves Jobs Speech

By Mary Collins

September 1, 2011 Updated Sep 1, 2011 at 8:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON., (Indiana's NewsCenter)--- President Barack Obama agreed to unveil new jobs proposals in an address to Congress on September 8, bowing to pressure from Republicans, who objected to the original date set for his high-profile speech.

Obama's long-awaited proposals could set the agenda in Washington for the coming months, but his preferred date of September 7. However, GOP presidential candidates were scheduled to hold a televised debate on the same evening, at the same time.

The White House said the timing of the Republican debate and Obama's proposed speech -- announced in a letter to congressional leaders -- was a coincidence.

But Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner asked Obama to come on Thursday instead of Wednesday, and the White House agreed.

The new date could have its own complications.

The season-opening NFL football game between Wisconsin's Green Bay Packers and Louisiana's New Orleans Saints will air at 8:30 p.m. EDT the same night on NBC33.

The timing of the speech has yet to be determined.




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