President Barack Obama plans to reschedule a $32,400-a-plate Hollywood fundraiser and has canceled an AFL-CIO convention speech to help build congressional support for his proposed attack on Syria.
The Hollywood Democratic National Committee fundraiser was organized by Friends sitcom co-creator Marta Kauffman and will be rescheduled for “the near future.”
Obama’s decision to forego the AFL-CIO convention address spares him a potentially embarrassing clash with union members who are furious about Obamacare’s impact on their jobs. The Nevada AFL-CIO unanimously passed a resolution late last month condemning Obamacare’s “destruction of the 40-hour workweek.” And in a recent interview, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka conceded that Obamacare is creating an environment where employers are “restructuring their workforce to give workers 29-and-a-half hours so they don’t have to provide them healthcare.” Trumka added that Obamacare “does need some modifications to it.”
Attendees of the Hollywood fundraiser were given the opportunity to receive a refund for their donation to the Democratic National Committee.