Bergman votes "yea" on STOP School Violence Act

Bergman votes

Bergman votes "yea" on STOP School Violence Act

The U.S. House on Wednesday passed its first piece of legislation aimed at preventing massacres like the one that took place last month in Parkland, Florida - and it included nothing about guns.

The bill notably doesn't include any gun control measures, a main sticking point for Democrats who ultimately supported the bill by a wide margin.

Protesters with signs targeting the NRA and advocating an assault rifle ban filled the hearing room in the Senate on Wednesday, and occasionally applauded as some Democrats on the panel spoke about enacting stricter gun laws.

Republican Representative from Louisiana and gunshot survivor Steve Scalise delivers remarks after the House of Representatives voted to pass the "Students, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018", on Capitol Hill on March 14, 2018.

"Ensuring our children's safety is of the utmost importance, and we are acting in Congress to ensure students are protected while at school", Johnson said in a written statement.

Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., whose district includes Parkland, co-sponsored the bill, which was also backed by Sandy Hook Promise, a group formed by parents of the children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in CT.

The bill now heads to the Senate, but it's passage is still far from certain as the upper chamber is debating a more limited bill that deals only with reforms to the National Criminal Background Check System. The measure also contained another provision requiring a DOJ report to Congress on bump stocks.

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Representatives from various federal law enforcement agencies appeared at Wednesday's hearing, during which lawmakers grappled with both the specific details of the February 14 attack in Parkland, Florida, and larger policy questions surrounding gun violence and school safety.

The vote comes one month after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida left 17 people dead. Five Democrats and five Republicans voted against the measure.

Senators made changes to legislation that already passed the House, meaning more delay before the governor can weigh in.

Some Democratic lawmakers sought to expand the focus to include gun control. Sen.

"This important bill will help stop school violence before it happens", said Chris W. Cox, executive director, National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action, in a statement. Chris Murphy of CT that would encourage states and federal agencies to enter more data into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, known as "Fix NICS".

"He knew that the House had their bills and the Senate had their bills", said Hensarling. "The best way to get that done is still under discussion". "I encourage you to speak to your child about their thoughts on this nationwide movement and if they choose to participate in a walkout activity". "When someone is determined that they're going to commit an act of violence, it could be in a school, it could be in a mall, it could be in a movie theater, it could be in an airport, it could be at a stadium".

Trump adds, "A tragedy like Parkland can't happen ever again!"

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