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 StiversNew push to open banks to marijuana industry Steve King asks for Congressional Record correction over white supremacist quote Rep. Steve King pushes GOP to reinstate his committee assignments 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 TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall 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 MeadowsFive takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight Winners and losers in the border security deal 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 RyanFive takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump 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.