President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak before a joint session of Congress Thursday night. In his message, the president is expected to speak on the sagging economy and outline his proposals to get companies to create jobs in order to get the nation’s economy moving.
However, the session may not have 100 percent attendance. Republican Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh says he plans to boycott the speech. And now, South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint says he also is rethinking whether or not he will attend the president’s message.
“Well, I’m frankly very tired of speeches,” DeMint said Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week,” “I don’t want to be disrespectful to the president, but what I want to see is something in writing and the Congressional Budget Office tells us what it’s going to cost; so that we cannot only read it ourselves, but the American people can read it. Speeches we’ve found are not very similar to the actual legislation.”
During a brief dust-up over the timing of the President’s speech last week, DeMint pledged to oppose a unanimous consent agreement that invited the president to speak to Congress if the date remained Wednesday– the previously-arranged date of a Republican presidential debate. Such an objection would have been unprecedented.
DeMint said he doesn’t feel the president will say anything that would strike a positive cord with him or the business community.
“Frankly the things that have been leaking out of the White House, none of them is like what I’ve been hearing from businesses all over the country,” he said, “Extending unemployment (insurance), cutting payroll taxes, offering tax credits when you hire someone, I haven’t heard one business say things like this. What they want is some certainty, they want the regulators off their back. They also want the National Labor Relations Board to stop pushing their union agenda and try to help companies that create jobs.”
During his Labor Day speech before members of the AFL-CIO in Detroit, President Obama challenged Republicans in Congress to “Prove you’ll fight just as hard for tax cuts for middle-class families as you do for oil companies and the most affluent Americans… We’re going to see if we’ve got some straight shooters in Congress. We’re going to see if Congressional Republicans will put country before party,”