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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 Boehner‘Lone wolf’ characterization of mass murderers is the epitome of white privilege Pelosi urges Ryan to create select committee on gun violence Ex-congressman Michael Grimm formally announces bid for old seat MORE (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorEric Cantor offering advice to end ‘immigration wars’ Trump's olive branch differs from the golden eras of bipartisanship After divisive rally, Trump calls for unity 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.