Schumer meeting with Florida shooting survivors

Schumer meeting with Florida shooting survivors
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerFox News host Watters says spending bill was 'huge defeat' for Trump Amtrak to rename Rochester station after Louise Slaughter Conscience protections for health-care providers should be standard MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday that he is meeting with students from Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the scene of a deadly shooting earlier this month.

"These brave students, whether at the Florida statehouse or on national television, have spoken out with eloquence and grace. They are changing the way this country thinks about the issue," Schumer said from the Senate floor.

He added that he is meeting with them on Tuesday and wants "to hear what they have to say."

The meeting comes as Congress is under growing pressure to pass new legislation after the shooting in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed.

The survivors, who have blanketed television, social media and the Florida statehouse demanding new legislation, are helping drive the momentum.

Schumer added that he hopes the students "compel us to do something significant."

The Senate Democratic leader has pointed to universal background checks as his caucus's top goal following the shooting.

He added that the Fix NICS Act was "tiny."

The legislation would reinforce existing laws by ensuring that authorities report criminal records to the National Instant Background Check System (NICS) and penalize agencies that don't provide the information to the FBI.