Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY), Chris Smith (R-NJ), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Kay Granger (R-TX), Marc Veasey (D-TX), and Peter Roskam (R-IL), the Co-Chairs of the House of Representatives Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism, issued the following statement in reaction to the Saturday attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh:
"Saturday's attack, the deadliest assault on the Jewish community in US history, took the lives of 11 innocent individuals, who were murdered simply for being Jewish. We have watched in horror for years as anti-Semitic rhetoric and actions have proliferated, both here at home and abroad, and this painful incident confirms our worst fears. We, members of Congress across the US political spectrum, stand united in our opposition to anti-Semitism and to stamping out this corrosive scourge. May the memory of those lost be a blessing. We will carry these individuals, the wounded, and their families in our hearts as we continue this work."