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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 BoehnerIt's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him How Republicans can bring order out of the GOP's chaos Republican donor sues GOP for fraud over ObamaCare repeal failure MORE (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorEx-RNC spokesman: After Trump remarks how can I tell minorities to vote GOP Kelly’s challenge? Bringing stability to Trump White House Special interests hide behind vets on Independence Day 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.