WASHINGTON, DC -- Representative Mike Michaud issued the following statement in observation of the anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year:
"I have met with Sandy Hook families impacted by this shooting on a number of occasions. Their stories are heart-wrenching while at the same time passionate and forward thinking. The tragedy of that day remains fresh in their minds as well as mine. The victims were innocent, and the crime remains unthinkable.
"In order to live up to their loved ones' memories, it's critical that Congress acts to help prevent another tragedy from occurring. I was disappointed when the Senate bill improving background checks failed to pass. I was equally disappointed by how the Speaker of the House reacted to this failure. Instead of continuing to work on it, he said he wouldn't bring anything up unless it passed the Senate first.
"While the background check bill failed, it doesn't mean we should give up. That's why I continue to work with my colleagues on ways to advance a bill that could pass both the House and the Senate. Senator Manchin and Representative Thompson are leaders on this issue in their respective chambers, and I've appreciated my meetings and discussions with them to find a path forward in this divided Congress.
"An event of this magnitude should have resulted in a broad debate and a serious search for solutions. Instead, despite the hard work of some, Washington remains gridlocked and unable to compromise. I'm hopeful this can change, because it shouldn't take another tragedy to move our nation to act."