Obama Asks for Joint Session of Congress to Present Jobs Plan

The president wants lawmakers to gather in the Capitol on Sept. 7 for a major address on employment and the economy

Obama at town-hall - Joe Raedle:Getty - banner.jpg

President Obama has asked for a joint session of Congress on Sept. 7 to present his plan for jobs.

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio), Obama said it is his intention to "lay out a series of bipartisan proposals that the Congress can take immediately to continue to rebuild the American economy."

The president said the proposals focus on "strengthening small businesses, helping Americans get back to work, and putting more money back in the paychecks of the middle class."

Reiterating a message he has emphasized regularly in recent trips across the country, Obama concluded his letter by saying, "If we are willing to put country before party, I am confident we can do just that."

Image credit: Joe Raedle/Getty

Presented by

George E. Condon Jr.

George E. Condon Jr is a staff writer (White House) with National Journal.

What LBJ Really Said About Selma

"It's outrageous what's on TV. It looks like that man is in charge of the country."

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

What LBJ Really Said About Selma

"It's going to go from bad to worse."

Video

Does This Child Need Marijuana?

Inside a family's fight to use marijuana oils to treat epilepsy

Video

A Miniature 1950s Utopia

A reclusive artist built this idealized suburb to grapple with his painful childhood memories.

Video

Why Principals Matter

Nadia Lopez didn't think anybody cared about her school. Then the Internet heard her story.

More in Politics

Just In