US House passes school safety bill

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed the STOP School Violence Act with overwhelming bipartisan support Wednesday afternoon.

Rep. Chris Stewart said the bill would help "ensure our kids are safe at school" and noted the millions of dollars that would help school boards improve security, seek crisis intervention and coordinate with law enforcement. The bill attempts to curb school violence by providing more training for school officials and local law enforcement to respond to mental health crises, as well as, among other things, money to develop anonymous reporting systems for threats and deterrent measures like metal detectors and locks.

President Trump has promised his support for the measure.

WASHINGTON - Exactly a month after a Florida mass shooting that claimed the lives of 17 students and adults, the House passed a bipartisan bill on Wednesday to fund training and security measures to make schools safer.

"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.

One month after a mass shooting in Florida, students and advocates across the country participate in walkouts and protests to call on Congress for action.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., appeared with students outside the Capitol at the rally to protest inaction by lawmakers to address gun violence.

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".

The STOP School Violence Act of 2018 would provide grant funding for evidence-based training to prevent school violence. The two men have also teamed up on legislation that would encourage states to adopt so-called red flag laws, which would give law enforcement the authority to seize guns from people who pose a threat to themselves or others. 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. "As a father of three, I understand the urgent need to stop school violence and do all we can to protect our children".

Almost 70 senators have signed on to a bill co-authored by Texas Republican John Cornyn, R-Tex., and Sen. The bill does not, however, provide funding to arm teachers with firearms, though Democrats complained that the legislative text does not explicitly prohibit arming teachers. "But I'm anxious to pass both of them, and pass both of them soon".

The Senate hearing focused on the government's response to the shooting and legislative proposals to improve school safety as students from almost 3,000 schools staged National School Walkout events to urge lawmakers to do more to address gun violence. She's hopeful that Congress will enact gun control laws.

"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.