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Expressing Sense of House Regarding Arizona Shooting

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. OWENS. Madam Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to Congresswoman GABRIELLE GIFFORDS, her staff, their families and everyone affected by the tragic events of January 8, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona.

It has been my honor to work with Congresswoman GIFFORDS here in Washington, and to call her a friend. Congresswoman GIFFORDS has earned her reputation as a pragmatic, rational and clear-minded lawmaker, and we are all better for having served with her. My wife and I have had the opportunity to spend time with her and her husband, who are truly patriotic and dedicated Americans not deserving of this fate.

The details of this horrifying event are still coming to light, but in these uncertain times it is my hope that we can come together to bring relief to the victims and justice to those responsible, not point partisan fingers or score political points. We owe it to those lost or wounded in this senseless crime to grieve for the fallen, pray for those in recovery and reflect on how we might better serve our office and the work of this great nation.

Madam Speaker, I know I speak for all my colleagues in wishing her a speedy recovery. I look forward to working with her again soon in the halls of Congress.

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