Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Co-Chairman of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, became an original cosponsor of legislation introduced today to condemn the shooting that killed six innocent people at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, on August 5, 2012. Congress has been out of session since August 3, making today the first day this resolution could be introduced. Royce issued the following statement:
"I'm proud to join Rep. Paul Ryan as an original cosponsor of bipartisan legislation denouncing this act of terror against the Sikh community in Wisconsin.
"Since the tragic events that unfolded in early August, I have had a number of opportunities to visit Sikh temples across Orange County. This attack shook the Sikh community throughout the United States.
"We must educate the public, letting them know of the commitment to service, equality, and tolerance embedded in Sikhism.
"The resolution might not offer consolation to those haunted by that violent attack, but it does display our commitment to religious tolerance.
"Because the attack took place while Congress was out of session, today is the first opportunity to introduce this resolution. I will press to quickly bring the bill to the floor for a vote."