RNC Scraps New York City Fundraising Dinner After Ryan Can't Attend

Ryan's political operation said late Tuesday that he wouldn't be able to attend the Wednesday dinner. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A big-ticket fundraiser benefiting the Republican National Committee is being called off because of the House schedule.  

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., had committed to be the headliner at the RNC Presidential Trust Dinner in New York City Wednesday evening, in a last major role as chairman of the trust, which is effectively the party's conduit for fundraising that benefits the eventual Republican presidential nominee.  

But Ryan's political operation told Roll Call late Tuesday that he would not be attending the event, and Republican sources attributed that to the House schedule and the fact that the way forward on an omnibus spending bill and a bill to extend lapsed tax provisions remains unresolved.  

As speaker, Ryan is focusing his fundraising activity on efforts that benefit House Republicans, particularly through the National Republican Congressional Committee.  

On Monday, multiple reports said that presidential hopeful Donald Trump would no longer attend the dinner. In fact, the RNC said no 2016 candidates were expected to attend.  

Trump not attending made headlines after the businessman's call for excluding Muslim immigrants from the United States.  

A Republican source said it was Ryan's schedule that dictated the move to cancel the event that the RNC holds every year. The dinner had been restructured to highlight Ryan, now the speaker, after attempts to find a date that could work for a multitude of presidential hopefuls.

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