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Eric Swalwell at a town hall near the site of the 2018 Parkland school massacre in Florida Tuesday. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) vowed at a town hall near the Parkland school massacre site in Florida Tuesday he would make curbing gun violence his 2020 campaign priority, the Sun-Sentinel reports.

What he's saying: Standing beside Parkland activists Cameron Kasky, 18, and Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter died in the 2018 shooting, he said he'd discuss issues including education and climate change during his campaign. "But my pledge to you tonight is that this issue comes first," he said.

Details: Swalwell praised activists borne out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school massacre for inspiring lawmakers as well as the whole nation, according to the Guardian.

  • "Hope died in Parkland over a year ago," Swalwell said. "But in a uniquely American way, through the strength and courage of our children, hope was born here, too."

The big picture: Swalwell proposes to implement a federal ban and buyback of military-style assault weapons — similar to New Zealand's action following the March 15 Christchurch mosque attacks.

  • "We can have a country where you can keep your pistols, keep your rifles, keep your shotguns, but we’re able to unite and take the most dangerous weapons out of the hands of the most dangerous people," he said at the town hall,

Go deeper: Eric Swalwell: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate

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Biden cancels Chicago trip as negotiations continue over agenda

President Biden. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Biden has canceled a trip to Chicago Wednesday, and will stay in Washington to continue negotiations on key pieces of his legislative agenda, a White House official confirmed Tuesday.

Why it matters: It's a sign of how crucial the coming days of talks will be if Biden is to advance his $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package and his flagship infrastructure bill, with a vote for the latter planned for Thursday.

Alabama trying to use COVID relief funds to expand prisons

Inside the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Ala., in 2018. Photo: Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images

Alabama state lawmakers are trying to funnel up to $400 million of the state's American Rescue Plan funds to pay for a $1.3 billion plan to build and renovate prisons across the state, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: Diverting dollars from the COVID-relief package, passed in March, is prompting criticism over misuse.

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Jake Sullivan discussed human rights and Yemen with Saudi crown prince

MBS in 2018. Photo: Fayez Nureldine/AFP via Getty

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed efforts to end the war in Yemen, the de-escalation of regional tensions with Iran, and Saudi Arabia's human rights record in their meeting on Monday, a senior U.S. official told Axios.

Why it matters: This was Sullivan's first trip to the Middle East since taking up his post in January, and he was the most senior visitor to the kingdom so far from the Biden administration, which has kept the crown prince at arm's length over his roles in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and the war in Yemen.