Reichert votes to 'STOP' school violence

WASHINGTON – The House passed the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 by an overwhelming vote of 407-10. Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA) supported this legislation and shared the following statement after his vote:
“I am proud to support this important legislation that helps protect our children when they go to school each day. Parents deserve to send their kids to school every day knowing that they will be safe and will come home that evening. Our children deserve the chance to focus on learning in a safe environment. By reauthorizing the Secure Our Schools grant program, we are providing an opportunity for schools to improve their security measures on campus. Our country has lost too many students to devastating shootings on school campuses. This important legislation is a necessary part of the solution to preventing future tragedies. 
“While I support this legislation, I do not agree with a provision in the bill to remove this grant program from the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office. The COPS Office has overseen this grant program since its inception and has ensured it is well run, despite the grant program’s continual lack of funding. As this bill moves forward, I will work to see this provision removed and that the grant program remains within the COPS Office.”

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