WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This week, Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02) was named a Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. The group was formed shortly after the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and is tasked with identifying and putting forth policy proposals aimed to decrease and prevent gun violence in the United States.
"It is a privilege to continue serving as one of the Vice-Chairs of this task force, charged with reducing gun violence and making our communities safer places to live and work," Congressman Fattah said. "There is no city or town in this country immune from the tragedies of gun violence, and as we sustain our efforts in this new Congress, I hope we can find consensus and enact smart legislation to strengthen our country's gun laws."
Fattah serves as the lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS), the body responsible for funding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). He is deeply involved in issues dealing with firearms, public safety, and law enforcement and last year led the effort to secure $73 million to assist states improve their background check records maintenance.
In February 2013, the task force announced a comprehensive set of policy principles designed to reduce gun violence.
The group's leadership team announcement for the 114th Congress was made by Task Force Chairman, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5). Fattah—who served in the same capacity in the 113th Congress—joins 10 other vice chairs on the task force.
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah