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House to take up school safety bill after Florida shooting

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  • U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz ticks off points on her fingers as she speaks during a news conference at her office in Sunrise, Fla., on Monday, March 5, 2018. The Congresswoman organized a roundtable with federal, state and local officials, community and faith leaders, and gun safety advocates to discuss gun safety. At right is Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Mei-Ling Ho-Shing, at left is Megan Hobson, a survivor of gun violence six years ago. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz ticks off points on her fingers as she speaks during a news conference at her office in Sunrise, Fla., on Monday, March 5, 2018. The Congresswoman organized a roundtable with federal, state and local officials, community and faith leaders, and gun safety advocates to discuss gun safety. At right is Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Mei-Ling Ho-Shing, at left is Megan Hobson, a survivor of gun violence six years ago. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
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  • House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks at the 2018 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference, at Washington Convention Center, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Washington.

    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks at the 2018 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference, at Washington Convention Center, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Washington.
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WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders say the House will vote on a school safety bill next week as Congress struggles to respond to the deadly assault on a Florida high school.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday that the GOP-controlled chamber will vote on a bill creating a federal grant program to train students, teachers and school officials how to identify and intervene early when signs of violence arise. The bill would implement federal school-threat assessment protocols designed to prevent school shootings.

The measure is sponsored by Florida Rep. John Rutherford, a former Jacksonville sheriff. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch has sponsored a similar bill in the Senate, although senators are expected to turn first to a bill strengthening the federal background checks system.

No gun votes are scheduled in the Senate.

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