tv House Leaders React to Congressional Baseball Practice Game Shooting CSPAN June 17, 2017 1:35pm-1:53pm EDT
i can be. islence of any kind unacceptable in our society, and i condemn this action in the strongest possible terms. we will change -- real change can only come about through nonviolent action and, anything else, runs counter to our most deeply held american values. i know i speak for the entire country in saying that my country -- my hopes and prayers with the injured and that they make a quick and full recovery. i want to think the police for their baroque actions are venting for the loss. >> next, members of the house of representatives reactions including speaker ryan and nancy pelosi. god, on a day where
violence has come to this assembly, we ask your blessing on our brother, representative ,teve scalise, the two officers and the staffer that have been shot. bless the hands of those who tend to their injuries. we, as americans, are blessed by a free and open society with rights, secured by law and the constitution. thatagain, we are reminded there is a vulnerability that comes with that openness. may we all be vigilant and being good citizens, neighbors, and the vendors of our way of life at a time when so many challenges to our way of life, and government, seem under siege.
we thank you for the men and women who respond to the crises that before us, especially at the capitol police and all first responders. may their heroism and generosity of spirit be an inspiration to us all, and may they be assured of our appreciation of their service. in this great silence, as we are dramatically, as this assembly at the people's .ouse may republicans and the democrats be mindful of the rare .ompanionship they share men and women, who have taken very public responsibility for our country, that carries so many burdens, and today the
danger buriedd made his debut characterized by kindness, goodwill, and compassion, one to another. , and may allrica that is done this day be for your greater honor and glory. amen. >> the chairs examine the journal and announce it to the house for the approval thereof. the journal standard approved. >> indivisible with liberty and justice for all.
>> my colleagues, there are very strong emotions throughout this house today. horrified by this dreadful attack on our friends and colleagues, and those who serve and protect this capital. we are all praying for those who are attacked and for their families. barr's,alise, zachary matt mika, special agent david
i know we want to give our thanks to the first responders and alexandria police department who were on the scene in minutes. i know this house once two-state unequivocally that we are as awed by the tremendous bravery of the police. [applause] i spoke with special agent bailey and special agent greiner this morning. what was being treated and one was going into surgery. i expressed our profound gratitude to them.
it is clear to me, based on various eyewitness accounts, that without these two heroes, agents bailey and agent greiner, many lives would have been lost. [applause] i know that we all want to learn as much as we can about what happened. ingjust received a brief from the sergeant of arms. i have confidence in the investigation and conducted by the fbi, who are also working with local law enforcement. we want to extend our gratitude for the outpouring of support that we have received from throughout the capital and throughout the country. now, knowing steve scalise as we he is frustrated that he
will not be able to play in the baseball game. [laughter] i also know that steve wants to commend the bravery of those that came to the aid of the wounded. in the coming days, we will hear their stories. we will have the chance to hold up their hair was him -- hold of their heroism. there are summoning memories that we will want to forget from the state. and so many images that we will not want to see again. but, there is one image in particular that this house should keep. that is a photo i saw this morning. it's a photo of our colleagues gathered in prayer this morning after hearing the news. test day we come here to and challenge each other. we feel so deeply about the things that we fight for, the things we believe in, that, at -- ourour motions emotions can get the best of us. we do not shed our humanity when this chamber.
we are one family. these were our brothers and sisters in the line of fire. these were our brothers and sisters who ran into danger in saved countless lives. before this house returns to final business. let's slow down and reflect. to think about how we are all being tested right now. because, we are being tested right now. >> humanity will win the day. god bless, i yield. [applause]
>> what purpose does the gentlelady from california's recognition? >> i rise to join the distinguished speaker and paying tribute to the brave men and women of the capitol police force and also, in sadness for the assault that was made on our colleagues and members of the staff. to my colleagues, you would hear me say something that you have never heard me say before, i identify myself with the remarks of the speaker. [laughter] remarks, mr.tiful speaker, thank you so much for the sentiments that they represent.
thank you so much. [applause] again, we are not one caucus or another in this house today. we speak for each other and the we send- in saying that our thoughts and prayers to our colleague, steve scalise. personally, we have our italian-american connection, so as soon as i heard my name -- his name, i was filled with concern, as i would be with anyone here, but we have a special connection. speaker, i will be asking every five minutes how steve is coming along. also, four sacks and roger and as as office, speaker acknowledged crystal and
david bailey. in acknowledging their sacrifice and of fortunate we were that they were on the scene, that otherwise would have been lost, i what us to remember that every single day, the capitol , takesprotects all of us risks for us, and, while at the like this is a time where we can focus on it so sadly, it doesn't mean that other days aren't as challenging. i especially want to call attention to detective john who,n and jacob chestnut almost 19 years ago, lost their lives protecting the congress, the capital. not just the members of congress. people who come to see this capital, as well, this great edifice of democracy.
known throughout the world. they are protecting a great deal. it is an attraction. that makes it all the more risky. you may not know this, that every time i prayed, which is very frequently and certainly every sunday, i pray for all of you. all of you, together. earlier years, i used to pray for your happiness and the fact that we were working together. he the words of president kennedy in closing on his address when he said god's work must really be our own, how do we come- how do together to give confidence to american people? that as our founders intended. we would debate them, have confidence in our beliefs, and
in humility to listen to others. in more recent years, i have been praying not only for that, but for our safety. i am above anyone in here, and i can say that quite clearly, has been the target of -- political target of threats than anyone, perhaps other than the president of the united states, barack obama. so, i pray for barack obama. i continue to pray for him and i pray for donald trump, that his presidency will be successful, and that his family will be safe. it is about family. purpose toed for a this body. it is a great thing. we know what it means to each of us to serve, and we recognize that in others. haveso recognize that we constituents, you have yours,
and we respect you and your constituents that said you here. all worthy of respect. we do have our differences. , and my prayer is that we can resolve our differences in a way that furthers the constitution and takes us closer to e pluribus unum. it is in the family. it is an injury in the family. for the staff, and for our colleague. ,s a mentioned a minutes ago sports are a wonderful thing in our country. probably one of the most unified things. probably arts, music, but, sports bring us together. you see it will have the biggest differences on opinion and politics and, yes, when their team is on the field, people
come together. people come together. when this team was practicing in a manner with such camaraderie and brotherhood, i don't know of you have any sisters on your team but we have to. for this person to take this action, was so cowardly. will learn more about motivation in the rest of that, but it seems particularly said. any violent death is sad, but particularly said that at the time when people want us to come together, and we are prepared to come together, tomorrow night, that this assault would be made. but we can't let that be a victory for the assailant or anyone who would think that way. tomorrow, we go out on the field , root for our team, and i want
everyone to do his or her best, and we will use this location as one that brings us together. with that, again, i want to thank the speaker for bringing us together and, again, with endless gratitude, to our capitol police, particular today, the two agents, but never out of our prayers, detective john gibson and jacob chestnut. colleagues, for this opportunity to share thoughts on this sunday. you are deeply in our prayers. we count the minutes until you to concern. thank you all. [applause] -- we count the minutes until you return. thank you all. [applause] several house members held news conferences on the shooting. beginning with republican congressman joe barton.