Today, the House of Representative passed by unanimous consent H.Res.775, legislation condemning the shooting that killed six innocent people at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin on August 5. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Co-Chairman of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, praised the bill's passage. Royce, an original cosponsor, had pledged to work to quickly bring the bill to the floor for a vote.
"In the days following this horrific attack, I vowed to pass a resolution condemning it the week Congress reconvened. I applaud Rep. Ryan for drafting it and working to see that it came to the floor. With its passage, the U.S. House of Representatives has now made an important statement.
"I was horrified by the shootings, which unfolded in a place of worship -- women, children, elderly -- all present. Over the years, I've had the opportunity to work closely with the Sikh community, which has made countless contributions to our country.
"While this resolution might not ease the pain of those affected by this tragedy, it does display our commitment to religious tolerance, to show that we denounce hate-inspired violence.
"Every American should be treated with respect and dignity, and safe in their place of worship. This resolution reaffirms that there is no tolerance in our country for such terroristic acts of bigotry."