Following is a statement from U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) in response to the gun violence provisions included in the spending bill that the Senate is expected to vote on later this week:
“Today, we’re moving a little closer to turning the voices of the students marching across the country into action. While we still have so much work to do, I am happy to see some movement on bipartisan legislation I’ve worked on with Senator Rubio to help address gun violence in our country, including the Fix NICS Act and the STOP School Violence Act, which funds programs to help keep our schools safe. Furthermore, the legislation will finally allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to do the necessary research on gun violence. We’ve shown how we can get things done – if we just work together.
“The fight doesn’t stop here – we need to do more if we really want to reduce the gun violence problem in our country. I’m hopeful we can continue to work together on a universal background check requirement for anyone who wants to buy a gun and find a way to get these assault weapons and high-capacity magazines off of our streets.”