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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 Andrew BoehnerWe need more congressional oversight on matters of war A warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk With Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker MORE (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorRace for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election Scalise allies upset over Ryan blindside on McCarthy endorsement 2018 will test the power of political nobodies 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.