Vice President Biden Won't Attend Bibi Netanyahu Speech to Congress

The controversial invitation for Netanyahu has rankled the White House.

His office confirmed to ABC News that he will be “traveling abroad,” but it wouldn’t say why or where.

“Normally, our office wouldn’t announce this early,” a Biden spokeswoman said of the trip. “But the planning process has been underway for a while.”

A spokesman for Boehner declined to comment on Biden's planned absence.

“The vice president takes his responsibilities as the president of the United States Senate very seriously,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday. “There’s only one time in which the vice president hasn’t been there and it’s when he’s been out of the country.”

“The vice president’s schedule for the first week of March is also not yet set,” he said.

Greater clarity was apparently achieved in a matter of 24 hours.

Netanyahu is slated to speak on Tuesday, March 3.