Trump backs bill on school safety: White House

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Neither the House nor Senate bills address numerous gun control initiatives backed by students, teachers and families of shooting victims at the Florida school.

"When we make mistakes, we will not hide them", Bowdich said, vowing to work with Congress to correct mistakes and prevent similar tragedies.

"Why is it that when it comes to gun violence, which is responsible for just as many if not more deaths, we throw up our hands, we pretend there is no solution?"

The bill represents the first major vote on school safety since the February shooting in Parkland, but it was not originally a reaction to the massacre.

In the House, lawmakers are set to pass the STOP School Violence Act of 2018, introduced by Congressman John Rutherford, R, a former sheriff from Jacksonville, Florida, and co-sponsored by Congressman Ted Deutch, D, whose district includes Parkland.

The witness list at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing also included David L. Bowdich, the acting deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as Ryan Petty, whose daughter was killed in the Florida shooting, and Katherine Posada, a teacher at the school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The bill authorizes $500 million over 10 years for grants to improve training and coordination between schools and local law enforcement and help identify signs of potential violence before they occur.

Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., a former professor, rallied with students to call for "more measures to keep firearms out of risky hands".

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A statement from the office of the White House press secretary said President Donald Trump applauded the House's passage of the bill. "This bill fails to do so, and it should not - it can not - be our only response to their demands", Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said. It would also fund threat assessments and "anonymous reporting systems" such as phone apps, hotlines and websites for threats of school violence. "It is not enough to say that staff and students must do more to protect themselves". If approved, the bill would be the first gun-related action by Congress since the February 14 attack at a Florida high school that left 17 dead.

The FBI received at least two credible tips that the suspect in the Florida school shooting had a "desire to kill" and access to guns and could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate.

Bowdich says the tips occurred on September 25, 2017 and on January 5.

Bowdich says the Federal Bureau of Investigation "will not hide" from its mistakes. He says he doesn't know why the "very explicit" tip from January 5 was not forwarded to local law enforcement. "That said, even had we done everything right, I'm not sure we could have stopped this act". "But it will help troubled students who need help get help".

Sam Blank and Alia Berry-Drobnich, both 14, said they skipped their 9th-grade classes Wednesday because what happened in Parkland made them afraid to go to school. More people should be dedicated to that task, Durbin said.

"It authorizes "$75 million for FY 2018, and $100 million annually for the next ten years, which may be partially offset from a DOJ research program called the Comprehensive School Safety Initiative", a statement from Sen.