There are no adequate words to express the horror at Robb Elementary in Texas. Something this horrific, children being slaughtered in their school, it does not get worse than this.
I went to the Senate floor asking for unanimous consent for passage of the Luke and Alex School Safety Act. It's legislation created with help from parents of the Parkland school shooting. It passed our committee unanimously, twice. It's a good idea and could save lives. It is an action, when people are calling for action following this most recent tragedy.
The bill would codify into law a clearinghouse of information for the best school safety practices. The clearinghouse, available at SchoolSafety.gov, informs parents, teachers and school officials of the best practices for improving school security and publishes information on available grant programs and federal resources. It is named after Luke Hoyer and Alex Schachter, two students killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School attack on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida.
It is just sad that this body can't pass this bill when about a month ago, they passed an identical bill that applied to churches. This one applies to schools, and yet it's inappropriate, according to the Majority Leader, to pass this non-partisan bill by unanimous consent.