Rep. Graves supports School Safety Bill

Rep. Graves supports School Safety Bill

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today spoke in support of a bill that would implement school violence prevention recommendations developed after the Sandy Hook shooting, and increase coordination between schools and local law enforcement across the nation. The bill aims to curb school violence by providing more training for school officials and local law enforcement to respond to mental health crises. It would also fund threat assessments and "anonymous reporting systems" such as phone apps, hotlines and websites for threats of school violence.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the bill "provides a multi-layered approach" to identify threats so authorities can stop violence before it occurs.

"It will not be the only bill, because in the Senate we also have the work that this House did back in December, the National Instant Criminal Background Check", House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, referring to a measure called Fix NICS created to strengthen existing reporting requirements to the background check system.

The witness list at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing also included David L. Bowdich, the acting deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as Ryan Petty, whose daughter was killed in the Florida shooting, and Katherine Posada, a teacher at the school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The rally was part of a nationwide school walkout to protest gun violence following the Florida attack.

The FBI received at least two credible tips that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a "desire to kill" and access to guns and could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate.

"All across the country people are sick and exhausted of gun violence, and the time is now for all of us together to stand up to the NRA and pass common-sense gun legislation", Sanders said.

H.R. 4909 authorizes $75 million annually for grants that state and local schools can use to improve security.

"There is still much work to be done, but the best way to keep our students and teachers safe is to give them the tools and the training to recognise the warning signs to prevent violence from ever entering our school grounds".

The House is set to vote on the measure Wednesday. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said. The House approved the bill, 407-10, on Wednesday.

"This bill, on its own, is not the kind of meaningful congressional action needed to address this crisis of gun violence", Representative Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, said in a statement.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Sen. While the bill now has more than 60 cosponsors - a normal indicator that it could avoid a filibuster - many Democrats want to open up the legislation to amendments, and it's unclear how Republican leaders will proceed.

"The STOP School Violence Act is a good step toward making our schools safe again. But I'm anxious to pass both of them, and pass both of them soon".

But gun-control advocates say they expect more from Congress than additional school security.

"It's a historic involvement of a billion dollars in School Safety infrastructure", Hatch said in brief remarks before introducing several co-sponsors.