House GOP to offer 'school safety' response to Florida shooting

House GOP to offer 'school safety' response to Florida shooting
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House Republican leaders are working on a legislative package to bolster school safety in response to a deadly shooting at a Florida high school, and the results of that effort could be released as soon as this week, according to a member of GOP leadership.

Rep. Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversHouse vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King House passes resolution condemning white nationalism House Democrats offer measures to censure Steve King MORE (R-Ohio), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said it will build off an existing piece of legislation.

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“We’re gonna fix it, add to it, take some things away from it, and move it,” Stivers told The Hill on Monday.

“You may see something introduced this week, but obviously you won’t see it passed this week,” he added, referring to the shortened work week in the House. “But pretty quickly. You’ll see it soon.”

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE has been pushing hard for legislative action on gun control following a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 people dead.

Stivers said the House effort will be aimed at improving safety on school campuses, but it will also include some gun-related measures as well.

“We’re gonna do a lot on school safety,” Stivers said. “Part of that’s gun stuff, but part of that's school safety stuff.”

He also said that a bipartisan bill to improve the existing background check system — known as the Fix NICS Act — will be a part of the proposal.

The House already passed that bill last December, but only after it was paired with a contentious bill to allow people to use permits for carrying concealed weapons across state lines.

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsOvernight Health Care: Trump vows to veto bills expanding abortion rights | Abortion foes march into divided Washington | Medicaid work requirements approved in Arizona Abortion foes march into divided Washington McCarthy, allies retaliate against Freedom Caucus leader MORE (R-N.C.), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, told the The Hill that he thinks there would be some willingness to support a stand-alone background checks bill if some of their due process concerns are addressed.

Meadows said he has been texting with House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAEI names Robert Doar as new president GOP can't excommunicate King and ignore Trump playing to white supremacy and racism House vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King MORE (R-Wis.) over the weekend about some potential solutions to address gun violence.

The Freedom Caucus chairman said the "biggest thing" he is looking at is how to address safety on school campuses. He is eyeing a number of options, including increasing money for school resource officers and providing some incentives to allow teachers and school administrators to carry weapons.
 
But the idea of arming teachers has been met with skepticism by some Republicans, while it's likely a non-starter for Democrats.