Chairman Thompson Announces Floor Vote on H.R. 8

Feb 22, 2019
Press Release
Bipartisan Background Checks Act to get a vote next week

Washington – Today Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, will be considered for a vote next week. This historic vote represents the first major action on gun violence in more than two decades. Thompson released the following statement regarding this announcement.

“Next week, we take bipartisan action to prevent gun violence. We break the cycle of stagnation and finally hold a vote. We make history. This is a deeply humbling moment, one for which I have been fighting for six years since the inception of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. It’s thanks to the leadership of Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Nadler, the dedication of my colleagues both Republican and Democratic, and the energy and enthusiasm of advocates across our nation that this is possible. I am so proud of our hard work together on this issue and stand ready to finally cast my vote to expand background checks and help prevent gun violence.”


The Gun Violence Prevention Task Force was established after the tragedy at Sandy Hook and has grown to a membership of more than 165.