House passes first gun measure since Parkland shooting

US House expected to vote on school safety bill

Hatch pushes bill to prevent school violence

The development and operation of school threat assessment and intervention teams that may include coordination with law enforcement agencies and school personnel, and specialized training for school officials in responding to mental health crises. "The bill also provides for the creation of an anonymous reporting system to provide tips about potential attacks and persons who may be inclined to commit acts of violence on campus".

While the bill had bipartisan support, many Democrats were frustrated that it doesn't include any gun control measures.

The bill now moves to the senate.

The vote came one month after the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which a lone gunman killed 17 people.

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"Why is it that when it comes to gun violence, which is responsible for just as many if not more deaths, we throw up our hands, we pretend there is no solution?"

Since the shooting, the Federal Bureau of Investigation admitted that it had received several tips that Cruz meant to commit a violent act or was displaying disturbing behavior, but the agency failed to investigate the claims.

"Today, young people across the country are taking a stand and calling upon this Congress to do something about the scourge of gun violence that has terrorized our schools and our streets for too long". Kashuv has been meeting with several lawmakers on Capitol Hill since the shooting and met with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday. But it is unclear whether senators will get to the bills before they start a two-week recess on March 26 because other measures may consume floor time.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., supported the bill but said the legislation "on its own, is not the kind of meaningful congressional action needed to address this crisis of gun violence plaguing our nation". Five Democrats and five Republicans voted against the measure.

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It is said to have bipartisan support, but one thing the bill does not cover is any gun-related provisions. The bill will provide grants to states, incentivizing them to enact these measures.

Eleven organizations, including some gun control and law enforcement groups, wrote to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer urging passage this month of the background checks bill. "But I'm anxious to pass both of them, and pass both of them soon". "Hopefully the Senate can act on that legislation", Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday before the vote. It now goes to the Senate, where a similar measure is being considered. "So what we're really focused on here more than anything else is identifying the people that are going to commit a violent act irrespective of where they're going to commit it and stopping them before they do it".

Heller said the bill assures "Nevada's kids - and their parents - that we are committed to supporting a coordinated effort to stop school violence".

"It authorizes "$75 million for FY 2018, and $100 million annually for the next ten years, which may be partially offset from a DOJ research program called the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative", a statement from Sen.

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