Biden: ‘We don’t know’ if feds can help Detroit

Vice President Biden said Friday that “we don’t know” what the federal government can do to help Detroit as the city files for bankruptcy.

A view of Downtown Detroit looking south on Woodward Avenue is shown July 19, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit's emergency manager Kevin Orr filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy July 18, 2013 making Detroit the largest city to file for bankruptcy in U.S. history. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
A view of Downtown Detroit looking south on Woodward Avenue is shown July 19, 2013. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Asked by reporters whether the Obama administration can help Detroit, Biden said, “We don’t know.”

“Can we help Detroit? We are now going through exactly the details,” Biden said, noting that he participated in a meeting Thursday about the issue.

Biden’s comments to reporters came at a meeting with law enforcement officials to discuss immigration reform.

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Philip Rucker is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he has reported since 2005.
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