Here’s your weekly quick look at few developing stories in the political arena:
- On Wednesday, President Obama gave his proposal to Congress on measures which are intended to reduce gun violence in America. Some of the key measures included: a ban on assault weapons, a ban on high-capacity magazines (anything that holds more than 10 rounds of ammunition), universal background checks, and mental health measures. President Obama’s proposal is considered a long shot to pass in the Republican-controlled House and even the Democratic-controlled Senate. However, President Obama did announce 23 executive actions that he will take in regards to gun control while still calling on Congress to pass his other proposal. (CNN) Read the full Obama proposal HERE.
- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo passed the first gun legislation since the Sandy Hook shooting. The law includes a tougher assault weapons ban, restrictions on ammunition and the sales of guns, and provisions meant to keep guns away from mentally ill people who make threats. Cuomo said, “I’m proud to be a New Yorker. It’s not just the first bill, it’s the best bill.” and “This is a scourge on society, At what point do you say, `No more innocent loss of life’?” (CBS News)
- The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved an additional $50.5 billion in long-awaited superstorm Sandy aid. The House approved the aid in two different parts: $17 billion in funds to cover immediate disaster relief needs and $33.5 billion in long-term reconstruction funds. It now moves to the Senate where it is believed that it will be approved there as well. (Reuters)
- According to reports, President Obama will name Denis McDonough, a close national security aide, as the new White House chief of staff. McDonough will replace Jacob Lew who has been nominated as Treasury Secretary. An announcement is expected sometime next week. (New York Times)
- Finally, the second inauguration of President Obama will be held this Monday, January 21,. The official Inauguration Day is January 20th. However, since that date falls on a Sunday this year, the public swearing-in ceremony and parade will be held on Monday. Watch the LIVE broadcast from YoungVoter, starting at 8:30 a.m. ET.
By Justin Burkhardt