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Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson Want Secret Service to Do More to Prevent School Shootings

April 26, 2018 - 6:00am
Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson
Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson

Florida’s two U.S. senators teamed up with U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to introduce legislation giving the U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC)  more of a role in stopping school shootings.

Grassley, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., unveiled the “Eagles Act,” named after the mascot of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, on Wednesday. 

The proposal reauthorizes the NTAC and gives it new authority to study school shootings and how to prevent them. The bill also creates a national program on targeted school violence prevention and funding for training to prevent school shootings. If the bill becomes law, the Secret Service would be in charge of this expansion and would have to report on its progress to Congress. 

On Wednesday, the four senators behind it explained why they had introduced the proposal. 

“The U.S. Secret Service has unique and unparalleled experience in identifying threats to safety and preventing tragedies,” said Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “This bill builds on the Secret Service’s case study research on targeted school violence and enables the National Threat Assessment Center to train more of our nation’s schools in how to conduct threat assessments and early interventions.  Equipping our communities and schools with training and best practices to recognize and prevent school violence is an important step toward preventing future tragedies, and an important way to honor victims of school violence.”

“To prevent future tragedies like Parkland, a multi-pronged approach is needed to ensure that threats do not fall through the cracks,” Rubio said. “By providing funding to the National Threat Assessment Center, top-notch research to stop school violence will help prevent future tragedies. This bill will also expand threat assessment programs so that more school districts can be trained to identify threats and properly intervene. I thank Chairman Grassley for shepherding this bill and for his ongoing efforts to reduce school violence, and urge my colleagues to quickly pass this bill.”

 "We need to do everything we can to better protect our kids while they're in school. This bill will help provide school officials with the resources and training they need to detect potential threats before they materialize,” Nelson said.

 “Last month Congress passed the STOP School Violence Act to empower entire school ecosystems to play a stronger and more active role in violence prevention. This proposal will help U.S. Secret Service leverage their own unique expertise in that same effort, and will save lives,” Hatch said. 

The bill has the support of several families impacted by the school shooting in Parkland, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the Sergeants Benevolent Association, the National Fraternal Order of Police, the National Association of School Psychologists, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and other groups. 


The last thing we need is MORE federal involvement in our schools.

Why not give SSA a raise or hire more special agents before increasing their duties.

OK, all you Congressional "headline hunters": Lets get EVERYBODY involved in EVERYTHING that 'comes across the news' EVERY DAY;... America has come to recognize and expect "Kabuki Theater" in their daily lives,... and conversely,.. abhor Congress and the "Media Complex" (enabled by its meretricious relationship with politicians even more ).

not a bad idea really...anything is better than what is usually done, nothing, so I applaud the efforts...

I guess that is one thing we can agree on and that is that the FBI is not capable on doing its job since it has had an exemplary record in protecting us. Get off the Russia collusion and do your job FBI.

I guess that is one thing we can agree on and that is that the FBI is not capable on doing its job since it has had an exemplary record in protecting us. Get off the Russia collusion and do your job FBI.

The FBI is not responsible for school safety. They are responsible for Federal Law Enforcement. They dropped the ball in investigating the nut job, but so did the SO, DCF, the school system and community mental health. It was a bi-partisan fail of epic proportions. One thing to keep in mind. The investigation on Russian election interference has proved it did happen. They are looking at collusion and other issues as well. In addition, it was ordered by a Republican in the DoJ, and supported by the current Republican appointed FBI Director. Why? Not because Trump the Chump thinks its a "witch hunt", which is exactly how guilty people react to being investigated, they try to discredit the investigation and those doing it. The only reason an investigation like this would take place would be if there were probable cause to do so, which there was, is and now has been proven to occur. The only questions left are collusion and anything illegal. I'm guessing both actually occurred to a certain extent. No matter, though, it will boil down to what can be proved.

Probable cause.... yeah that’s laughable considering all politicians turned a blind eye to Hillary, billy boy and obummer! The fear is the establishment is Bri g uncovered by President Trump! Your statement is pitiful and laughable, to think the average politician actually cares about corruption!

Bill Nelson is part of the Party that created the environment that put our students in danger, now he wants to carry the flag of protection for students? We don't buy it Billy, you are toast. Have a nice retirement.

Exactly!!! Bill Nelson please go into retirement! Term limits!!

see above Dumbo...quit looking through party glasses all the time and use some common sense...

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