House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE (R-Ohio) has "cleared his schedule" of
politicking on Monday to concentrate on debt-limit negotiations.
BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE, like President Obama, won't attend any fundraisers on Monday amid intensified battles over how to reach a deal to cut spending in exchange for a House vote to raise the debt ceiling.
As the Aug. 2 deadline by which lawmakers must raise the debt limit approaches, lawmakers might suffer from poor optics if they appear to be spending time raising campaign cash that could otherwise be devoted to negotiations.
That sort of ethic prompted Obama to withdraw from speaking at two Democratic Party events here in Washington this evening; Vice President Biden will continue with a separately planned appearance at an event tonight.
It's not clear whether the president will continue to pull out of fundraisers; Boehner's team is evaluating his schedule on a daily basis.
"The Speaker will continue to evaluate his schedule on a day-to-day basis until a solution is at hand," said Fritz.
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