It was an embarrassing Thursday for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Fox News reports that Pelosi failed to pass a piece of legislation that would establish an Active Shooter Alert Communications Network.
The measure needed two-thirds of the House in order to pass. But, the final vote tally – 259-162 – was not enough to get there.
The majority of the 162 votes against the measure came from Republicans, although one did come from a Democrat – Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI). It’s worth noting that 44 House Republicans did vote in favor of the bill.
This is all part of the anti-gun push that Democrats have been making following the string of recent mass shootings.
The $13 billion measure would toughen background checks for the youngest gun buyers, keep firearms from more domestic violence offenders and help states put in place red flag laws that make it easier for authorities to take weapons from people adjudged dangerous. It would also fund local programs for school safety, mental health, and violence prevention.
It was earlier in the day that Pelosi attempted to pass a piece of legislation that would create in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) a position that would lead an Active Shooter Alert Communications Network.
Fox details the legislation, writing:
Acting in concert with the FEMA administrator, Transportation secretary, and FCC chair, the coordinator would make sure state and local governments have systems in place to respond to active shooter situations, and encourage them to develop alert systems so that local populations can be notified if there is a shooter nearby.
Pelosi, however, just couldn’t get the job done – even with her House majority.
After the legislation failed, Pelosi vowed to take it up again and pass it.
“Our House Democratic Majority will take up this legislation again and pass it — making clear that Democrats are on the side of protecting our families and supporting our courageous first responders,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi also slammed Republicans for their opposition to the bill, accusing them of denying communities “crucial, life-saving information.”