Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday said the recent school shooting in Florida was a “tragedy” and called on Congress to look into gun issues.
“Personally I think the gun violence — It’s a tragedy what we’ve seen yesterday, and I urge Congress to look at these issues,” he said during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing about President Trump‘s budget request.
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) pressed Mnuchin about the administration’s plans regarding gun violence.
“I have vast responsibilities as Treasury secretary but this is out of my lane of responsibility,” Mnuchin said.
Lewis said that the government “must do better” to address gun violence.
“We have to save our children, our citizens, our teachers,” the congressman said.
Mnuchin told Lewis, “I appreciate the severity and the tragedy and I will speak to the president and the other Cabinet members.”
Seventeen people on Wednesday were killed in a school shooting at a South Florida high school.
Authorities later identified the suspected shooter as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz.