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LARSON: What Are We as a Body or an Institution, If We’re Not Going to Stand Up For Our Children?

February 15, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) responded to the tragic school shooting in Parkland, FL, in a Ways and Means Committee Hearing with Secretary Mnuchin.

Watch Larson’s remarks here.

“We’re long overdue in the Congress to stop, as important as it is to express our condolences, what’s more important is that we vote and we act. Secretary Mnuchin you’re right, this not in your province, but it is exclusively in the province of the United States Congress. Hailing from Connecticut and experiencing Sandy Hook and the disasters that just keep on coming. When they come for one of us and we do nothing, who’s next? When will we stand up and all is required is that we do our Constitutional responsibility and vote. Otherwise we are all complicit in what happens increasingly and with devastating impact on our children. What are we as a body or an institution, if we’re not going to stand up for our children? And if you disagree with universal background checks, fine, at least vote. At least let people know where you stand on this issue.  Families, victims, the country deserves it. You’re good people, we’re a great nation. The nation deserves for this Congress to act. Mr. Secretary, I do know that you can carry that message back to the President, and I do believe that this President can make a dramatic difference by calling upon this Congress to act on a multitude of areas. Not the least of which is this is this tragic issue we face,” said Larson.