Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks this afternoon at a San Francisco district event. Below is a partial transcript of the Leader's remarks:
"Our prayers and thoughts are with all of them, all of their families. Congresswoman Giffords is a great patriotic American, representative in Congress of a new generation of leaders, brilliant, patriotic.
"Her husband is a Navy captain who was on the Endeavor space flight. Her brother-in-law is in space right now. And so their commitment to our country is a great one.
"Congresswoman Giffords is a strong fighter, and the news, as it goes by in the day, has improved in terms of her condition. We are all very prayerful as we learn more.
"However, there is some loss of life. And for that, I want all of you to join Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congressman Garamendi for a moment of silence for those who have lost their lives, for their families, for the staff of Congresswoman Giffords, as well as for her family in terms of our hope and prayers. But also, as I thank all of you, my constituents, let us join in prayer with Gabby Giffords' constituents in Arizona as well who have suffered a terrible loss today.
[Moment of silence]
"And now, out of love for our country, to lift our spirits, we are very pleased to have the San Francisco Girls Chorus sing about our beautiful country."