House Honors Giffords, Passes Resolution That Condemns Tucson Shooting
January 17, 2011 by Special To Personal Liberty
The House of Representatives approved a resolution on Jan. 12 that condemned the recent shooting in Tucson, Ariz. that killed six people and wounded 14, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).
The six-hour session served as a platform for lawmakers to honor Giffords, recognize the deceased and praise the first responders who may have saved lives. An emotional Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) opened the proceedings, which was temporarily halted for a bipartisan, non-denominational prayer service in the Capitol Visitors Center.
"Our hearts are broken, but our spirit is not," said Boehner, according to media reports. "This is a time for the House to lock arms in prayer for the fallen and wounded and resolve to carry on a dialogue for democracy."
Although most of the comments on the House floor centered around Giffords and the other shooting victims, some lawmakers used the stage as an opportunity to address political rhetoric. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that while the shooter's motives are unknown, pundits should quell the "heightened anger" against those who disagree with their political beliefs.
The chamber adjourned for the week out of respect for the victims. Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said that the new legislative schedule, which is expected to include a vote to repeal President Barack Obama's healthcare law, "will be announced at the appropriate time," several media outlets reported.