Obama Taps Biden for Post-Newtown Action Plan

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

President Obama has tasked Vice President Joe Biden with coordinating the administration’s response to the deadly massacre in Newtown, Conn., last week.

Biden will oversee the formulation of new policies aimed at reducing gun violence and preventing mass-shootings like the one that took 26 lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School, administration officials said.  He will work directly with the departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Education and Health and Human Services to draft an action plan.

Obama is expected to formally announce the Biden-led process at the White House later this morning.

The president, who vowed “meaningful action” in the wake of last Friday’s tragedy, has faced intensifying pressure to publicly lay out his plans.

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