Roll Call: notes this isn’t the first time the White House and congressional Republicans have had a hard time getting on each others’ calendars.
The Hill: “Washington was beset Wednesday by political gamesmanship involving both the presidential election and the autumn session of Congress. A public spat between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) over the timing of a joint-session speech to Congress on jobs and the economy set a combative tone for the fall’s political high season.”
Backtracking… “House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Wednesday amplified vows that Congress will provide emergency aid to victims of Hurricane Irene, but he declined to say whether Republicans will insist the funding be offset with cuts elsewhere,” The Hill writes. “ ‘I believe there’s an appropriate federal role, and the monies will be there,’ Cantor told reporters in his district, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.” Despite pronouncements right after the earthquake that offsets must be found, “Cantor’s office softened that position Tuesday, saying Congress should ‘find offsets whenever possible,’ because ‘that is the responsible thing to do.’”