When President Obama leaves Connecticut tonight after a speech at the University of Hartford he will be bringing along some Sandy Hook families. A spokesman for Sandy Hook Promise, a group working with some families from the Newtown massacre, said relatives of seven children and one adult from the school will be flying with on Air Force 1.
A White House official said Monday afternoon:
Prior to delivering remarks, the President will meet with families of victims and survivors of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary as well as first responders. Following the remarks, 11 family members of victims will return to Washington, DC, with the President on Air Force One.
They will join a last-ditch lobbying effort in Washington to try to convince U.S. Senators to support a compromise gun control package. The families of Newtown victims will meet privately with legislators on the eve of the Senate taking up legislation that could bring expanded background checks for gun purchases — the only significant initiative that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he will put to a vote. That vote is in jeopardy, however, as some Republicans say they plan to filibuster.