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The administration did not say why the trip was delayed, but the announcement came as a potential U.S. military strike in Syria is gripping Washington.

Some members of Congress met at the White House on Tuesday. The announcement that Biden would be staying in town came as a flurry of lawmakers, including 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) and House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorBrat: New ObamaCare repeal bill has 'significant' changes Overnight Energy: Flint lawmaker pushes EPA for new lead rule House staffer, Monsanto vet named to top Interior posts MORE (R-Va.), emerged from meetings with the president to declare their support for a proposed military strike.

Obama gave a series of campaign-style speeches at universities across the Northeast late last month on the cost of higher education. 

The issue is one of a handful of economic-related events the president hoped to make the primary focus of his second term, but the administration has been sidetracked recently by the escalating events in Syria.