Tucson tragedy halts business in Washington, D.C.
Good Afternoon from Washington, D.C. where all Congressional business is at a standstill in the wake of the tragedy in Tucson, Arizona that nearly took the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 other people.
The photo is above is members of Congress and their staff gathering on the East steps of the Capitol for the 11 am moment of silence.
Henrico Congressman Eric Cantor is the person responsible for scheduling the activity on the House floor. He has suspended all business in Washington as the body mourns the loss of congressional staffers and waits anxiously upon any news of Giffords’ condition. Cantor is in Richmond today and spoke about how the House leadership will proceed in the wake of the shooting. His full statement on the shooting can be found after the jump.
We will have complete coverage of how this shooting is impacting the Nation’s Capitol during a series of live reports tonight on NBC12. I will be live starting at 4pm with a view of impact the shooting has had on D.C. and how the Congress is taking steps to recover. First at 4 is streamed live on NBC12.com and I will be live at 5, 5:30 and 6pm.
I will also have frequent updates on my twitter page when new information becomes available.
|Congressman Cantor Joins Staff For
National Moment Of Silence
|RICHMOND, VA – Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) joined his staff this morning at 11 a.m. in his Richmond office to observe the national moment of silence honoring the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Arizona this weekend and made the following remarks:
“Good morning. We are all assembled right now and I know we are all very shaken by the shooting that took place in Arizona on Saturday. Towards that end, all of us have the victims of the shooting in our thoughts and prayers – Congresswoman Giffords, her staff and the families of those who have fallen. As directed by the President of the United States, we are here to observe a moment of silence in respect of the victims and those affected.
(Moment of Silence)
“Thank you. As you can see we’re here with our staff – folks from the district, as well as staff in Washington – individuals who wake up every morning doing what we can to serve the constituents that elected us. I am here to tell all of you that I am very grateful for your service. I know that an incident like this strikes very close to home for all of us considering the duties that you perform every day. Please know that not only am I grateful, but I know that the constituents that all of us work for are as well and we owe much to you for what you do. Again, this job obviously is one that is inspiring and very heartening to all of us as we serve the people, but comes with it a responsibility to stand tall in the face of this kind of adversity. I appreciate your strength.
“Obviously all of us are very shaken by this. The country has been shaken. It is an inexplicable act that occurred in Arizona, and our hearts mourn for the victims. We are constantly in thoughtful prayer for the well being of Congresswoman Giffords and pray for her speedy and full recovery. We have the families – not only of Congresswoman Giffords – but of the victims and others in mind as we go about our day-to-day work.
“As you know, in my capacity as Majority Leader, we announced over the weekend that we are postponing legislative business in Washington so that we respond to this tragedy appropriately and offer an ability for the institution, the Congress and the members that serve there, as well as for our constituents to heal after this tragic event. Thank you.”