Miami-Dade mayor meets Biden, Garland during gun violence roundtable in White House

WASHINGTON – Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava is at the White House on Wednesday for a roundtable on gun violence with President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland.

After the roundtable, Biden is expected to announce a new plan that stems from the executive orders on gun control that he signed in April. These support the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives efforts.

Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said the plans focus on measures “to stem the flow of firearms used to commit violence.”

The U.S. Treasury Department released new guidance on Wednesday to allow the use of $350 billion out of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act to be used by local governments to reduce gun violence.

Jacob Leibenluft, the Treasury’s chief recovery officer, released a statement saying localities can use funds on strategies such as subsidized employment and behavioral health programming, to community violence intervention programs and community policing.

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