Rep. Susan Davis Leads Call for Action on School Safety After Florida School Shooting

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Washington, February 15, 2018 | comments
WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, called for a congressional hearing on protecting students. Davis joined with fellow Democrats on the Committee in urging action after 17 were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

“When parents send their children off to school, they expect them to be safe,” said Rep. Davis, a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. “Congress has a responsibility to do everything in its power to protect students and look at policy solutions to achieve that goal.”

“Sadly, since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School five years ago, more than 430 people have been shot in over 230 school shootings,” the members wrote. “Despite this sobering reality, our Committee has not had a hearing to address this public health epidemic since February 2013"

The full text of the letter is enclosed below.

Dear Chairwoman Foxx:

We write to request hearings before the House Education and the Workforce Committee regarding school shootings.  As you know, per House Rule X, our Committee has jurisdiction over “education … generally.”  More specifically, the Committee Rule 2 (a) clarifies our oversight over “school safety” and other issues.

Wednesday’s preventable tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, resulted in the deaths of at least seventeen students and faculty.  Sadly, since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School five years ago, more than 430 people have been shot in over 230 school shootings.   Despite the sobering reality, our Committee has not had a hearing to address this public health epidemic since February of 2013.

Yesterday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos remarked during a radio interview that “Congress needs to be holding hearings on these issues.”  Secretary Devos called for us to examine this issue and “impact the future.”  She stated pointedly that “we have got to have an honest conversation, and Congress has to lead on this. It’s their job.”

Madame Chair, we are wholly in agreement with Secretary DeVos in this respect.  We stand ready to lead and do our job with regard to this difficult subject.  To that end, we respectfully ask that you schedule hearings to examine the issue of school shootings.  Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member 

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)

Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12)

Congresswoman Lisa Blunt-Rochester (DE-AL)

Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02)

Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53)

Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11)

Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13)

Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH-11)

Congressman Raul M. Grijalva (AZ-03)

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08)

Congressman Donald Norcross (NJ-01)

Congressman Jared Polis (CO-02)

Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (NMP-AL)

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01)

Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41)

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (FL-24)

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