(The Hill) — A bipartisan group of 20 senators announced a framework agreement on Sunday to address gun violence following a series of high-profile mass shootings that reignited a debate over gun control.
Framework includes funding for school safety and mental health measures, requirement to screen minors’ records for gun buyers under 21, and incentives for states to implement laws “red flag”.
The deal was heralded by some of the lawmakers who negotiated and discussed gun-related measures that could pass in the chamber.
“Today, we are announcing a common-sense, bipartisan proposal to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence in our country,” the group said in a statement. “Families are scared, and it’s our duty to come together and do something that will help restore their sense of safety in their communities.”
The bipartisan group includes Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Thom Tillis (RN.C.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo. ), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Richard Burr (RN.C.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chris Coons (D-Del. ), Lindsey Graham (RS. C.), Martin Heinrich (DN.M.), Mark Kelly (D-Arizona), Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin (DW.Va.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mitt Romney (R -Utah), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
Shortly after the deal was announced, President Biden said in a statement that he would sign off on any proposals that come his way as soon as possible.
“With each passing day, more children are being killed in this country: the sooner it hits my desk, the sooner I can sign it, and the sooner we can use these measures to save lives,” Biden said.
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