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DeVos calls for congressional hearings on school shootings

Jamie Martines
| Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, 12:24 p.m.
Education secretary candidate Betsy DeVos testifies before the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 17, 2017.
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Education secretary candidate Betsy DeVos testifies before the Senate Health, Education and Labor Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 17, 2017.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos called on Congress to hold hearings on school shootings during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt Thursday.

"Congress needs to be holding hearings on these issues," DeVos said. "And we've seen lots of discussion about this every time we've had another incident, we've seen, you know, lots of finger pointing back and forth. But we need to have a conversation at the level where lawmakers can actually impact the future, because going back to and putting myself in the seat of one of those families impacted, you know, one of these shootings is one too many."

DeVos did not address gun control during the interview, but she did bring up mental health.

"I think it's critically important that we have a much more robust conversation around tracking and tackling mental health issues, and really bringing this all together," she said.

Democrats in Congress reacted to the remarks, the Washington Post reports.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, is the ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Murray, along with Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Virginia, a ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, all urged Republican colleagues to schedule hearings, according to the Washington Post.

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at jmartines@tribweb.com, 724-850-2867 or on Twitter @Jamie_Martines.

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