Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., credited the students who survived the Parkland, Florida high school shooting with legislative progress on gun issues.
"I'm going to remind them that everything that's happened so far has happened because of them," Deutch said Friday on CNN's "New Day."
"We passed a big spending bill yesterday that included … some very modest steps; lifting the ban on research into gun violence, the Stop School Violence Act, which will provide grants to schools to help identify potential threats and have greater school security, and then the Fix NICS bill."
"Those are modest steps, but they are steps that would not have been taken. We have been trying to do even those, but they would not have been taken were it not for this movement that these students have started," he said.
However, Deutch noted that students would be correct to note that items in the bill are not huge accomplishments.
"They are exactly right to look at that and say that this isn't enough," he said, referring to the Florida students.
"I'm not saying that, nor should anyone believe people here in Washington who tell you that this is some great victory, that this is the response to what happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School … it isn't."
"These are modest steps, and these are modest steps that were down without the NRA trying to stick in terrible provisions like they normally do," Deutch added.
The congressman posted a video from a Friday press conference about the March for Our Lives event in support of gun control legislation. "These students are counting on us," Deutch said at the press conference.
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