Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Biden to Address Delegates at Congressional City Conference

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Biden to Address Delegates at Congressional City Conference

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Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) has joined the lineup of speakers for the Congressional City Conference being held this week in Washington, D.C.

Biden is scheduled to address delegates at the general session the morning of Tuesday, March 13. He is expected to speak about resources for local governments to fight violent crime, a priority policy issue for NLC.

First elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972 at the age of 29, Biden is recognized as one of the nation's most powerful and influential voices on foreign relations, terrorism, drug policy and crime prevention. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served on the New Castle County, Del., council.

A strong leader on anti-crime and drug policy, Biden had a hand in crafting virtually every major piece of crime legislation over the past two decades, including the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and the Violence Against Women Act of 2000.

Biden is chairman of both the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs. He is also the chairman of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control.

Thousands of local elected officials have gathered this week for the Congressional City Conference to hear from Biden and other prominent speakers, including Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters; House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.); Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) and Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.), Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.); News Commentator David Gergen and Political Pundit George Stephanopoulos. …

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