Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement in response to the use of violence in Egypt, killing hundreds of protesters and officers and leaving thousands wounded:
"The President is right to strongly condemn the horrific violence in Egypt and to cancel the joint exercises with the Egyptian military. The continued state of emergency must come to an end. It is clear that violence begets violence and only serves to move Egypt further away from an inclusive government that reflects the full participation of every part of Egyptian society.
"We call on the interim government, military, and all involved parties to put an end to these deadly confrontations and come together to restore faith in a truly representative government through an open drafting process for the country's constitution, and inclusive presidential and parliamentary elections.
"These are essential steps to move forward on the path to a peaceful resolution, regional stability, and long-lasting prosperity and democracy for the Egyptian people."