Story at a glance
- The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill declaring the site of the Pulse nightclub shooting as a formal memorial to the victims.
- A gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 others on June 12, 2016.
- Rep. Darren Soto introduced the bill into the House of Representatives back in January.
On Friday, Congress passed a bill officially designating a memorial site honoring the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting that took place in Orlando, Fla., in 2016.
The bill, H.R.49 — denoted as such to honor the 49 people who lost their lives during the massacre — names the official memorial site at 1912 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, Fla., calling it the “National Pulse Memorial.”
Its address was home to Pulse nightclub, which was shut down following the shooting.
The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives back in January. It moved swiftly through both chambers, passing with unanimous consent in the Senate on June 9.
It now heads to President Biden’s desk for a signature ratifying it into law.
Approval of the bill comes just before the fifth anniversary of the tragedy, which takes place on June 12.
The Twitter account associated with the Pulse Nightclub, @pulseorlando, praised the passage of the bill.
“We are thrilled that the U.S. Senate passed the bill designating Pulse nightclub as a national memorial,” the club said in a statement. “The unanimous consent is such welcome news as we are set to mark the five-year remembrance of the Pulse tragedy. This recognition means so much to the LGBTQ+ community.”
The bill’s primary sponsor is Florida Rep. Darren Soto (D), whose district sits just south of Orlando.
Saturday marks 5 years since our Central Florida community lost 49 angels in the Pulse nightclub shooting. I am honored that my bill with @RepStephMurphy & @RepValDemings for a #PulseNationalMemorial passed the House & thank @SenRickScott & the Senate for taking action #ForThe49. pic.twitter.com/kyAGdni1HX— Rep. Darren Soto (@RepDarrenSoto) June 9, 2021