Most of President Obama's week will be spent outside Washington, as he travels to California for a three-day trip dedicated mostly to raising money for Democrats and stops in Arkansas to view the damage caused by a tornado there.
Obama is scheduled to visit Little Rock on Wednesday en route to California fundraisers for Democrats, the White House confirmed. State officials say the Arkansas storm killed at least 16 people, and the president is expected to meet with victims, their families and first responders.
Democrats are at risk of losing the Senate, due in large part to disapproval of Obama's signature health law and pessimism over the state of the economy. Republicans need to pick up six seats to take control of the upper chamber.
Later Wednesday, the president will be the guest of honor at a dinner organized by the USC Shoah Foundation.
Obama on Thursday has a full day of fundraisers, with a Democratic National Committee roundtable in Los Angeles, a DCCC event in San Diego and two DNC gatherings in San Jose.
The president on Friday will hold an energy event in the San Jose area. By scheduling a policy stop, the White House can offset most of the travel costs — to taxpayers — for a trip mostly devoted to fundraising.
The early part of the president’s week is much lighter, as he welcomes Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh to the White House Monday and hosts a Cinco de Mayo reception.