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Upton & Dingell Named Co-Chairs of Bipartisan Working Group on Response to Parkland Shooting

Group part of Problem Solvers Caucus

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Washington, February 28, 2018 | Tom Wilbur (202-225-3761) | comments

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, today announced they have been named Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Working Group on Response to Parkland Shooting. The working group exists as part of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, of which they are both members.

“We all share in the heartbreak from the senseless tragedy in Florida,” said Upton. “Congresswoman Dingell and I are committed to finding common-ground in this heated debate. We both have been meeting directly with our local law enforcement officials, parents, teachers, students, gun owners, and other folks to discuss common-sense, bipartisan solutions. As co-chairs of this new working group we will spend the coming days and weeks continuing our productive work. We owe it to our constituents to try.”

“We all have a responsibility to ensure our students feel safe at school,” said Dingell. “Following the horrific shooting in Parkland and the wave of gun violence across this country, we cannot afford to go to our corners and have the same politically-charged conversation that gets us nowhere. Congressman Upton and I have been meeting in our communities with law enforcement, prosecutors, mental health experts, the ACLU, students, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders to find real solutions to the gun violence epidemic. We will continue this productive, inclusive approach as co-chairs of this new working group so we can turns ideas into action that keep our children safe.”

The Problem Solvers Caucus is a bipartisan group in Congress comprised of 48 members – equally divided between Republicans and Democrats – who are committed to forging bipartisan cooperation on key issues. They are led by co-chairs U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-New York, and U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New York.

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