At the White House, press secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama's scheduled trip to Indonesia, Guam and Australia will be pushed back from March 18 to March 21 and the president will return on March 26, instead of March 24. Gibbs said Obama made the decision after a conversation with Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in which they concluded the extra days would help in the push for votes.
Gibbs had insisted earlier that Congress act by March 18 — Obama's original departure date. But the White House seems to have backed off of that as Democratic leaders scurried to round up votes.
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