Washington Daybook: Safety First

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Residents make the trek to the Yana Center, an aid, supply and distribution center set up by Occupy Sandy Volunteers, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, after Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaway Beach section of Queens, New York.

Keeping citizens safe and providing aid when disaster strikes are the focus in Washington today.

President Barack Obama reviews recommendations for executive and legislative action to stop gun violence in response to last month’s Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre. New York took a step closer to passing tighter gun laws as the state Senate yesterday approved a measure that would make it easier to keep firearms away from the mentally ill and close gaps in a 2000 ban on assault weapons.

The House is gearing up for a floor battle on disaster aid with some Republicans planning to oppose efforts of Northeastern lawmakers to win $60.4 billion in assistance for states affected by Hurricane Sandy. The day will begin on Capitol Hill with House members reading the Constitution aloud, a session-starting practice initiated by the Republican majority in 2011.

Highway safety advocates will discuss the reasons behind a spike in fatalities after U.S. road deaths increased 7.1 percent in the first nine months of last year compared to the same period in 2011.

The AARP holds a news conference on security for middle-class seniors at the National Press Club. The American Petroleum Institute unveils an advertising campaign to highlight downstream issues including the importance of investing in pipelines and domestic refining. NOAA announces new data on global temperature conditions.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar speaks on violent extremism in his country at an event hosted by the Asia Society.

And speaking of safety and planning ahead, the Department of Transportation and the FAA today hold a meeting of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee to discuss early development of regulations to protect occupants of commercial spacecraft.

With assistance from Chelsea Mes in London and Katherine Rizzo, John Hughes, Juliann Francis and Kim Chipman in Washington.

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