House passes bi-partisan school safety bill

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A bi-partisan bill to boost security at schools passed with overwhelming support on the House floor Wednesday afternoon.

It’s called the Stop School Violence Act. 

It directs millions of dollars in funding for school security programs, such as metal detectors, strong locks and intervention teams.

Bakersfield Congressman and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy praised House lawmakers for reaching across the aisle. 

“STOP is an acronym for Students, Teachers, Officers Prevention Act. You see, we worked with everybody in producing this bill, and that was the right way to go about it. That’s why on this floor you saw a vote of 407 members voting ‘yes,'” McCarthy said 

McCarthy and Rep. David Valadao voted for the bill Wednesday.

While the bill did have bi-partisan support, Democratic senators expressed concern that it doesn’t do enough to keep guns out of schools.

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