Biden: Panama trip may be postponed

AP News
Posted: Sep 09, 2013 12:21 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden says he may have to postpone an upcoming trip to Panama, as Congress wrestles with an authorization for the U.S. military to strike Syria.

Biden is scheduled to visit Panama and Mexico next week to strengthen U.S. ties with Latin and Central America. On Biden's itinerary is a visit to the Panama Canal's expansion projects and meetings with the presidents of Mexico and Panama.

But Biden, speaking at an event in Baltimore about ports and infrastructure, says he may have to postpone his trip to Panama. He's pointing to pressures in the Senate, where lawmakers are debating President Barack Obama's request for a military response to chemical weapons use in Syria.

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Biden didn't mention whether Mexico may also be postponed. His office declined to offer details.