Legislative Updates: 115th Congress
Rep. Deutch Co-Introduces Bill Requiring Gun Violence Action
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), along with Congressman Tony Cardenas (CA-29) and 103 other Members of Congress, has co-introduced legislation to require that a committee hearing be held whenever there is a moment of silence in the House for a tragedy involving gun violence.
The bill requires the committee hearing to be held within ten legislative days following the moment of silence.
“We cannot accept a world in which we don’t have time to mourn lives lost in one shooting before another occurs." said Congressman Deutch. "Sadly, there is now a routine that Congress follows: shocking news of a deadly shooting, followed by conveyance of thoughts and prayers, followed by a moment of silence on the House floor. These moments of silence are a respectful way to reflect on the lives that were taken so tragically. But to truly honor the victims of gun violence, moments of silence must be followed by productive discussions on what meaningful actions should be taken to address the crisis of gun violence."
The text of H. Res. 370 is available here.