July 22, 2013 |
NEW DELHI, India - Vice President Joe Biden arrived in India on Monday afternoon, the first U.S. vice president to visit in decades. The four-day visit is designed to strengthen ties and lay the groundwork for a planned summit between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Obama this fall in Washington. After meeting senior Indian officials in the capital of New Delhi, the vice president will travel to Mumbai, the nation's financial hub, to deliver a speech urging both sides to boost economic ties well beyond the current $100 billion in annual U.S. - India trade.
December 25, 2010 |
Vice President Joe Biden, increasingly visible as a key presidential advisor on domestic issues, predicted Friday that the country was moving toward a growing acceptance of same-sex marriage. Speaking on ABC's "Good Morning America," Biden compared the nation's changing views on gay marriage to changes in the military's acceptance of gays and lesbians serving openly. "I think the country is evolving, and I think there is an inevitability for a national consensus on gay marriage," Biden said.
April 5, 2011 |
Schools must do more to prevent and respond to sexual violence on campus, Vice President Joe Biden said Monday as he introduced new federal guidelines to combat the problem. "Students across the country deserve the safest possible environment in which to learn," Biden said. "That's why we're taking new steps to help our nation's schools, universities and colleges end the cycle of sexual violence on campus. " Biden was joined by Education Secretary Arne Duncan at the University of New Hampshire, which was chosen because of its highly regarded efforts in sexual violence prevention.
March 18, 2011 |
Vice President Biden announced Friday that he was naming Shailagh Murray as his new communications director, choosing one Washington reporter to replace another as his lead spokeswoman. Murray has covered Capitol Hill and politics for the Washington Post since 2005, and the Wall Street Journal for six years before that. She replaces Jay Carney, the former Washington Bureau chief for Time magazine, who left Biden's office after two years to become White House press secretary. "Shailagh's years of experience covering a broad array of issues ranging from domestic policy to foreign affairs make her uniquely positioned to lead our communications team," Biden said in a statement.
June 22, 2010 |
In a new magazine profile, the top commander in Afghanistan, Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, and his advisors appear to ridicule Vice President Joe Biden and are portrayed as dismissive of civilian oversight of the war. The article, in Rolling Stone, said McChrystal's staff frequently derided top civilian leaders, including special envoy Richard C. Holbrooke and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry. The detailed report on the top command in Afghanistan could worsen tensions with the White House, which in the past has felt boxed in by military commanders anxious to get more troops for the war. The article said that only Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received good reviews from McChrystal's inner circle.
March 30, 2011 |
Vice President Joe Biden arrived on Capitol Hill on Wednesday evening as budget negotiators tried to settle on an estimated $23 billion in reductions for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year, a Democratic aide said. Republicans said no final number had been agreed upon, dismissing Democratic suggestions that talks were narrowing to a middle ground. They pressed Democrats to present their offer. Biden, along with White House budget director Jack Lew, have served as the administration's lead liaisons to Capitol Hill as lawmakers face a April 8 deadline to pass a budget and avoid a government shutdown.