House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon and Ranking Member Adam Smith made the following joint statement about the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard:
"We're saddened by today's heartbreaking attack at the Washington Navy Yard. Unfortunately, this is not the first time we've seen such a tragedy befall the patriotic personnel working at a U.S. Military installation. There is nothing more cowardly than targeting innocents, and we have full faith in military and law enforcement officials to bring the perpetrators to justice. We send our thoughts and prayers out to the victims and their families."