On Wednesday, Congressman Andrews issued the following statement regarding the Boston Marathon bombings that tragically killed three people and injured more than 170, many of whom are still in critical condition.
"Monday was a shock for our country. As a nation, our principal focus must be on the recovery of those individuals and the support of the grieving families who lost loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this attack, their families, and the City of Boston as we try to recover from this senseless act.
"As a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have received regular updates on the status of the victims and matters pertaining to the investigation. The public has been extremely helpful to the FBI, offering pictures and videos taken at the crime scene. I urge the public to share relevant information and continue this effort to give law enforcement authorities the tools they need to reach a conclusion about what happened on Monday.
"Today, our country stands at a heightened level of anxiety, which is certainly understandable considering our experiences since September, 11th 2001. However, since then, America has become a stronger and more vigilant and is better able to handle tragedies like this one. There will be more security precautions following this tragedy, and we will adjust to them, but these incidents will not fundamentally alter our way of life. As Monday was a sobering reminder that in this day and age we must remain aware of our surroundings, we must come together as a nation and support the victims of this tragedy."