With the White House poised to take executive action on new federal regulation of guns in the United States, the point man on those efforts will discuss the issue, and others, next week with the nation’s mayors.
Vice President Biden is set to address gun control, as well as other matters, on January 17 in Washington when he addresses a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Biden has been leading the administration’s new efforts to control firearms since the massacre in Newtown, Conn.
More than 270 of the nation’s mayors will convene in Washington, in the midst the Presidential Inaugural to meet with congressional leaders and administration officials to push for a balanced approach to deficit reduction and sequestration cuts, as well as measures to spur jobs and economic growth in America’s cities and metropolitan areas that are still plagued with high unemployment. Other issues topping the agenda are gun control and school safety, Hurricane Sandy response, immigration, and the threat to tax exempt municipal bonds, according to a statement by the mayors’ group.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D), who led the state response to the shooting which left dead nearly two dozen young children, will talk with mayors on January 19.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,295 such cities in the United States, and each city is represented in the organization by its chief elected official, the mayor.