Congress Set to Introduce New Gun Ban in Schools.
NEW PUSH TO BAN GUNS IN SCHOOLS: Democrats, including former teacher of the year and House freshman Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.), will unveil legislation today that would prevent the Education Department from allowing school districts to use federal money to arm teachers.
— The bill is sponsored by Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in the Senate and Hayes in the House. Hayes recently sparred with House Republicans during a markup of the Rebuild America's Schools Act, H.R. 865 (116), House Democrats' $100 billion school infrastructure plan. Rep. Rick Allen (R-Ga.) offered an amendment, which was eventually tabled, saying the bill would not prohibit schools from arming teachers or other school personnel. It sparked a passionate response from Hayes, who said: "Teachers do not want this."
— Murphy, Hayes and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are set to unveil the legislation at a press conference at 1:30 p.m. near the eastern entrance of the Capitol. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and Doug Prouty, an English teacher from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Md., are set to attend. Watch the livestream.