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Connecticut Delegation To Speak On Newtown Anniversary

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Students at the Connecticut school where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December are returning to classes in a neighboring town. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Students at the Connecticut school where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December are returning to classes in a neighboring town. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation are commemorating the upcoming six-month anniversary of the school shooting in Newtown with speeches on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Reps. Elizabeth Esty, Rosa DeLauro, John Larson, Joe Courtney and Jim Himes, all Democrats, are scheduled to address their colleagues on Thursday morning.

They are expected to renew their call for federal action on enhanced background checks for gun purchases, a proposal that failed to receive enough support in the Senate back in April despite public support.

Other House Democrats are also expected to speak, including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer.

Efforts to pass federal legislation were prompted by the Dec. 14 massacre of 20 first-grade children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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