The National Pulse Memorial will not be part of the National Park System, therefore it won't "require or permit Federal funds to be expended for any objective related to that national memorial". He said they "remind us that we must do more than remember victims of gun violence and all of the survivors, family members, and friends left behind; we must act". Alex Padilla of California told The Advocate in a phone interview Thursday.
Biden then talked about violence toward LGBTQ+ communities across our nation, lamenting the Pulse shooting that targeted members of that community.
Some lawmakers, like U.S. Senator Rick Scott want the site declared a national memorial.
Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, walked Saturday with the crowd for the Capitol Pride Walk And Rally in Washington.
U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, a Democrat from Florida, was the lead House sponsor.
The site of Orlando, FL's Pulse nightclub, the sight of the deadliest mass shooting of LGBTQ people in American history, will be designated as a national memorial after Congress passed the measure days ahead of the fifth anniversary of the shooting. Demmings stated "The memorial will serve as a national symbol of hope, love, and unity". "I am honored that my bill with Rep. Stephanie Murphy & Rep. Val Demings for a #PulseNationalMemorial passed the house & thank Sen".
There is an interim memorial at the club site now, and the onePULSE Foundation is planning to build a permanent one, to be called the National Pulse Memorial & Museum.
The foundation posted a statement about the congressional legislation on Facebook. "We need to have compassion", Senator Scott said.
"We need to make sure that our transgender community and our youth are all protected". It is long past time we close the loopholes that allow gun buyers to bypass background checks in this country, and the Senate should start by passing the three House-passed bills which would do exactly that.
Before becoming a USA senator, Padilla was a Los Angeles City Council member, a California state senator, and California secretary of state. But he added that he's happy to be where he is, in a position to advance human rights on the national level.