U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Ohio GOP lawmakers yesterday joined Americans across the country in pausing for a moment of silence in observance of the tragic shooting in Tuscon, Arizona.
Saturday's senseless attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) that killed six and wounded more than a dozen has prompted an outpouring of support from across the nation. On Sunday afternoon Speaker Boehner spoke from West Chester, Ohio, on a bipartisan conference call with members of Congress and staff, saying:
" an attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve. This is a time for the House to pull together as an institution -- one body, unified in our common purpose of serving the American people and fighting for the freedom and justice guaranteed to all by our Constitution.
"What is critical is that we stand together at this dark time as one body. We need to rally around our wounded colleague, the families of the fallen, and the people of Arizona's 8th District. And, frankly, we need to rally around each other."
Observances will continue throughout the week in Washington, where House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) postponed Congress' legislative schedule. Tomorrow the House will consider a resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to the tragic shooting. At 1 p.m. Speaker Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will host a bipartisan congressional prayer service for lawmakers in the Capitol Visitors Center.