Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has blocked a school safety bill from being voted on after Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) called for the Luke and Alex School Safety Act to be passed by unanimous consent.
Republicans reacted angrily, with Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) calling the chamber’s top Democrat “a liar and a hack” on Twitter.
As Fox News reports:
The bill, named after Parkland, Florida, shooting victims Luke Hoyer and Alex Schachter, would require the Department of Homeland Security to establish a “Federal Clearinghouse on School Safety Best Practices” for use by state and local educational and law-enforcement agencies, institutions of higher education, health professionals, and the public. And it would require DHS to “collect clearinghouse data analytics, user feedback on the implementation of best practices and recommendations identified by the clearinghouse, and any evaluations conducted on these best practices and recommendations.”
The clearinghouse, which is already available at SchoolSafety.gov, would be codified into law with the bill’s passage.
Schumer objected to Johnson’s request, claiming on Twitter that the bill “could see more guns in schools.”
“The truth: There were officers at the school in Texas,” Schumer tweeted. “The shooter got past them. We need real solutions—We will vote on gun legislation starting with the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act.”
Johnson called Schumer’s response “a sad day for the United States Senate.”
Florida’s senior United States Senator also responded on Twitter: