Vice President Biden said Tuesday that the treatment available to many Americans with mental health problems is "unacceptable," while announcing $100 million in new federal funds to expand community-based services and treatment centers.
The Obama administration, through the 2010 health-care law and other initiatives, has tried to focus attention on the inadequacy of mental health and addiction care for many Americans diagnosed with those problems. The issue gained urgency after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., a year ago, a crime carried out by a mentally disturbed gunman.
As President Obama made his way across the Atlantic for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, Vice President Biden crossed Massachusetts Avenue this morning to pay his own tribute to the late South African leader.
Biden and his wife, Jill, visited the South African Embassy, a neighbor of the Naval Observatory, where the second couple lives, to sign a condolence book for Mandela, who died last week at 95.
TOKYO — Vice President Biden on Tuesday said the United States is “deeply concerned” by China’s move last week to establish an air defense zone over a disputed chain of islands in the East China Sea, but he stopped short of demanding that Beijing withdraw its declaration.
Biden blamed China’s action for raising regional tensions with a pair of U.S. allies, Japan and South Korea, which the vice president warned would “increase the risk of accidents and miscalculation.”
“We, the United States, are deeply concerned by the attempt to change the status quo in the East China Sea,” Biden said during a joint appearance with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.It was Biden’s first public comment on the dispute in the East China Sea since arriving in Japan on the first stop in a week-long trip to Northeast Asia. The Obama administration hopes the trip will help ease mounting tensions in the region.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) emerged briefly from the House Democratic caucus meeting and said Vice President Biden is providing a lengthy "point-by-point presentation" on the fiscal cliff plan that was passed by the Senate Tuesday morning.
Lee said Biden reminded his colleagues that by striking the deal, Democrats had successfully convinced Republicans to back a tax hike for upper-income Americans. Asked whether Democrats worried about raising tax rates for the first time in more than two decades, Lee said she wasn't concerned.
DAYTON, Ohio — With his running mate set to take the stage in Kentucky tonight, Mitt Romney is squeezing in one more debate prep session this morning before flying to North Carolina.
Campaign aides said that Romney is rehearsing again this morning with Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who has played the role of President Obama during debate rehearsals.
The GOP presidential candidate is scheduled to fly later Thursday to Asheville, N.C., where he will hold a 6 p.m. rally with Ronnie Milsap, a country music singer popular in the 1970s and 1980s for hits including “Smoky Mountain Rain” and “Any Day Now.”
After the rally, Romney plans to decamp to the nearby Grove Park Inn to watch GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan debate Vice President Biden. The picturesque mountainside resort is the same spot where President and Michelle Obama stayed during a couple’s weekend in April 2010.
Obama and Romney will debate again next Tuesday.
Proving that nothing is sacrosanct from partisan politics these days, the Obama and Romney campaigns are feuding over the first anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. Specifically, President Obama’s team is raising doubts that the former Massachusetts governor would have acted to take out the al-Qaeda leader.
In an e-mail to reporters, Priorities USA, the outside SuperPAC allied supporting the president, points to Romney’s criticism of a speech that then-candidate Obama made in August, 2007, in which he said: “If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will.”
At the time, Romney, who was running for the 2008 GOP nomination, said of Obama: “I do not concur in the words of Barack Obama in a plan to enter an ally of ours... I don’t think those kinds of comments help in this effort to draw more friends to our effort.”
But Romney was not the only one arguing that the Illinois senator’s words were ill-chosen. One of his Democratic rivals--none other than the man Obama would ultimately choose as his running mate--called the statement “naive.”