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Congress eyes mental-health overhaul following mass shootings

Shortly before Americans were confronted with the latest mass shooting, congressional leaders were still offering their responses to last week’s mass shooting. The Washington Post reported this week on renewed interest in legislation on mental health.

House Republican leaders said this week that they are determined to pass reforms to federal mental health laws, potentially delivering a jolt to legislation that has been mired in partisan disputes for nearly three years.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) endorsed a long-simmering mental health overhaul at a Tuesday morning news conference immediately after offering his condolences to the victims of Friday’s shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado.

The Republican leader said “one common denominator in these tragedies is mental illness,” which is why he’s throwing his support behind a reform bill authored by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), which has not yet cleared committee.