As tens of thousands of students walked out of their schools to demand action to prevent gun violence on Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the first gun-related measure since the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting last month.
The legislation provides funding for schools to develop crisis intervention teams and purchase technology and equipment to improve communication between law enforcement, students and school officials. Instead, it attempts to prevent school violence by providing funding for things like creating an anonymous reporting system, mental health crisis training, and deterrents, like metal detectors.
Sanders also urged the Senate to vote and pass the bill as soon as possible.
The vote marks the first gun-related action by Congress since the February 14 attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Since the Florida shooting, the Republican-led Congress and the Trump administration have considered measures to curb gun violence while trying to avoid crossing the powerful National Rifle Association lobby group, or threatening the right to bear arms enshrined in the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment.
The FBI has acknowledged it failed to act on tips about the accused shooter Nikolas Cruz's "desire to kill people.and the potential of him conducting a school shooting".
"After today and after the next protest Congress will see how many people feel strongly about this so they will have to make a change", she said. The nonprofit's mission is to prevent gun violence before it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene, and get help for at-risk individuals. The bill authorizes $500 million over 10 years for state-based grants to improve training, threat assessments and coordination between schools and local law enforcement. The White House said the bill would be improved by lifting that restriction.More news: Pacers have managed to thrive despite brutal post-All-Star break schedule
President Donald Trump reiterated his support last weekend for a bill by Sen.
The house is expected to vote on identical legislation on Wednesday.
Almost 70 senators have signed on to a bill co-authored by Texas Republican John Cornyn, R-Tex., and Sen. The legislation had more than 75 co-sponsors from both parties. House Republicans have largely ignored the President's plan, especially since he publicly declared that the major legislation the GOP-controlled chamber passed in December to loosen concealed carry rules was not something that could pass as part of broader gun legislation.
The bill now goes to the Senate where Sen.
"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 recognize the warning signs to prevent violence from ever entering our school grounds", Rutherford said.
In the House, lawmakers are set to pass the STOP School Violence Act of 2018, introduced by Congressman John Rutherford, R, a former sheriff from Jacksonville, Florida, and co-sponsored by Congressman Ted Deutch, D, whose district includes Parkland.
"This important bill will help stop school violence before it happens", said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA-ILA.