tv Speaker Pelosi Holds Enrollment Ceremony on Safer Communities Act CSPAN June 24, 2022 6:07pm-6:18pm EDT
for gun buyers 21 years of age or younger. it also provides grants to states for crisis intervention and red flag laws. 14 republicans joined all democrats in voting for the bill. which now heads to president biden to be signed into law. following house passage, speaker pelosi signed the final version of the gun violence bill at what's called an enrollment ceremony. she was joined on capitol hill by other house democrat. the bill now heads to president biden for his signature. ms. pelosi: good afternoon, everyone. this is a special occasion for us.
we are honoring a promise, in honor of all those who lost loved ones to gun violence. the congress sends to the president now our nation's first major gun safety legislation in three decades. the bipartisan safer communities act includes key house proposals to combat gun violence including by banning straw purchases, congresswoman robin kelly's legislation, moving to close the boyfriend loophole which we have all been advocating even in the violence against women act. sheila jackson lee will be joining us. and encouraging states to enact laws. the chairman of the task force on gun violence prevention has been the source of ideas throughout all of our legislation. he's the author of the
bipartisan background check legislation, as is mr. clyburn, the auxiliary legislation to that. we still want to work to pass this. but his leadership has been so important in channeling the energy, the ideas, the urgency of gun violence prevention for a long time now in the congress. he would agree that our spiritual leader in all of this our inspiration is congresswoman mcbath. she has been a voice of concern, a voice of reason, and a voice of acceptance of this legislation because of course we always want more, but when she said that this was important, an important step forward, then that was the message we all had, in the to judge the legislation by what it does not do, but to respect it for what it does. and what it does is save lives.
would you like to say something? >> i'll say thank you, madam speaker. you were the real inspiration for making this happen. your leadership and your vision -- without your leadership and vision we wouldn't be here today and certainly our colleagues are just an incredible team that allowed us to come together, the bill we passed a week and a half ago out of the house provided, i believe, the motivation and the encouragement for the senate to pass this bill. it was a team effort. could not have done it without us all working together along with all the outside groups who have dedicated their lives and their everyday activity to making sure we save lives. thank you. ms. pelosi: thank you. i accept your kind words on behalf of house democrats and in recognition of this strong
bipartisan vote today. i take issue with why we are here. i was here in 1994 when we passed the brady bill. under the leadership of president, then-senator, joe biden. it was hard. and chuck schumer was our leader in the house on the legislation, now he's serving in the senate working on this legislation in a bipartisan group. so this fresh energy of new people in the congress has brought us this long overdue legislation and among those is congresswoman mcbath. mrs. mcbath: i have to truly say i'm so completely honored. i never in a million years thought i'd be in congress.
the memory of my son and others like him propelled this forward. i know he angels in heaven are singing over the great work that our colleagues in congress in a bipartisan fashion have done to really, really make sure that every family, every individual in the country, can live freely without unnecessary gun violence. and today we have done that very thing. ms. pelosi: we talk about the murders that have taken place, how shocking it is, and about thoughts and prayers but haven't done too much about it. congresswoman kelly talked about what happens every day on the streets of our country with her straw purchase legislation cutting into that. ms. kelly: thank you, madam speaker. we could not have done this without your driving force. but there are many happy parents in the city of chicago, over 60% comes from outside and in new york it's over 84%.
so i'm thrilled we have a straw purchasing piece but i'm more thrilled that we're doing more than prayers and we're proving that as a congress under your leadership we can do that. ms. pelosi: and mr. carbajal was very instrumental, he'll tell you about it. mr. carbajal: thank you, madam speaker. today is a major step forward in saving lives and certainly red flag laws do work. they're proven this they're effective. and this is going to do a lot to save people's lives, whether those that wish to harm themselveses or harm others. so today is a major step forward. i want to thank my colleagues who are here, who worked hard on this issue. ms. pelosi: now we're going to
quickly leave here so that this bill can be taken to the president for his signature so that it becomes the law of the land. thank you all. [applause] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2022] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> now available in the c-span shop, c-span's 2022 congressional directory. go there to order a copy of the congressional directory this compact, spiral-bound book is your guide to the federal government with contact information for every member of congress including bios and committee assignments.
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