Republicans have criticized Obama for waiting until Congress returned from recess to lay out the plan rather than over the summer shortly after the White House announced a new plan was in the works.
House Minorty Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the absence of a single Republican responding to Obama’s address “disrespectful.”
“The Republicans’ refusal to respond to the president’s proposal on
jobs is not only disrespectful to him, but to the American people,” Pelosi said in a news release.
“The [Republicans’] silence on Thursday evening
will speak volumes about their lack of commitment to creating jobs.”
Boehner also balked at the White House’s original request for a Wednesday night speech and asked the president to delay the address until Thursday.
— This story was updated at 8:45 p.m.