President Obama to view flooding in Paterson, NJ this weekend
People watch as a closed fried chicken restaurant is inundated with flood waters from the Passaic River in Paterson, New Jersey.
August 31st, 2011
03:37 PM ET

President Obama to view flooding in Paterson, NJ this weekend

The White House announced President Obama will travel to Paterson, NJ Sunday to view damage from Hurricane Irene.  Thousands have been evacuated from the area after the Passaic River crested late last night.

Obama asks for a Joint Session of Congress
President Obama addresses a Joint Session of Congress while delivering his State of the Union speech January 25, 2011. The President has asked to address another joint session Sept. 7 to lay out his jobs program.
August 31st, 2011
12:30 PM ET

Obama asks for a Joint Session of Congress

 President Obama sent a letter to Capitol Hill leaders requesting time on Sept 7 at 8pm to address a Joint Session of Congress.  This is the President's jobs speech we were told would happen after Labor Day.  Below is the text of the letter.

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. Leader:)

Our Nation faces unprecedented economic challenges, and millions of hardworking Americans continue to look for jobs. As I have traveled across our country this summer and spoken with our fellow Americans, I have heard a consistent message: Washington needs to put aside politics and start making decisions based on what is best for our country and not what is best for each of our parties in order to grow the economy and create jobs. We must answer this call.

Therefore, I respectfully request the opportunity to address a Joint Session of Congress on September 7, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. 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 by strengthening small businesses, helping Americans get back to work, and putting more money in the paychecks of the Middle Class and working Americans, while still reducing our deficit and getting our fiscal house in order. It is our responsibility to find bipartisan solutions to help grow our economy, and if we are willing to put country before party, I am confident we can do just that.

Thank you for your consideration.



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Topics: jobs • The News
POTUS schedule for Wednesday August 31, 2011
August 31st, 2011
07:48 AM ET

POTUS schedule for Wednesday August 31, 2011

 The President has one public event today in the Rose Garden where he will talk about extending the Surface Transportation Bill.

 According to guidance from the White House, the president will call on Congress to work in a bipartisan way to get the bills passed and also will "discuss the importance of moving forward with this extension to protect nearly a million American jobs and highlight the opportunity we have to work in a bipartisan way to further invest in rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure to strengthen our economy and create new jobs across the country "                     

He'll be joined by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and US Chamber of Commerce COO David Chavern, along with people the White House describes as "workers who be affected if Congress fails to act."

full schedule after the jump


Topics: Daily Schedule