ABC News’ Mary Bruce ( @marykbruce ) Reports:
The White House remains confident that a deal to raise the debt ceiling will be reached by next Tuesday, so much so, that the president is still scheduled to spend next Wednesday in Chicago, celebrating his 50th birthday at two DNC events.
“We're confident that this will be resolved. Obviously, if it's not, we'll address the schedule accordingly,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters today.
The president, whose actual birthday is next Thursday, August 4 th, will not, however, be spending the night in his hometown. For now, he is set to return to the White House Wednesday evening.
“You know that we've adjusted our schedule throughout this process as necessary. But we believe Congress will act, do the responsible thing, pass bipartisan legislation that gets to the president's desk and is signed into law, so that we can lift this cloud that's hanging over our economy,” Carney said.
So far, the president has no other events scheduled for next week.