Roe shares House Speaker’s remarks on baseball field shooting

Published 8:32 am Monday, June 19, 2017


In lieu of my weekly column, I want to offer my thoughts and prayers to those who were injured during Wednesday’s horrific attack. My prayers are with Whip Steve Scalise, a good friend of mine, as well as the staffers and Capitol Police agents who were injured. I again express my deep gratitude to Capitol Police; they were undoubtedly instrumental in saving the lives of many of my friends and colleagues Wednesday morning. When tragic events like this occur, we are well served to remember that we are all Americans first, and Republicans and Democrats second. House Speaker Paul Ryan offered these beautiful sentiments on the House floor Wednesday, and I wanted to share them with you on behalf of everyone who serves alongside Steve.
Wednesday on the House floor, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke about that morning’s shooting in Alexandria, Va. Below are his remarks:
“My colleagues: There are strong emotions throughout this House today. We are all horrified by this dreadful attack on our friends and colleagues, and those who serve and protect this Capitol. We are all praying for those who were attacked and their families:
– Steve Scalise
– Zachary Barth
– Matt Mika
– Special Agent David Bailey
– Special Agent Crystal Griner
“We are all giving our thoughts to those currently being treated for their injuries AT THIS MOMENT. And we are united. We are united in our shock and anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.
“I know we want to give our thanks to the first responders and the Alexandria Police Department, who were on the scene in minutes. And I know this House wants to state unequivocally that we are, as ever, awed by the tremendous bravery of the Capitol Police.
“I spoke with Special Agent Bailey and Special Agent Griner this morning…I expressed our profound gratitude to them. It is clear to me, based on eyewitness accounts, that without these heroes, Agents Bailey and Griner, many lives would have been lost.
“I know we all want to learn as much as we can about what happened. We just received a briefing from the Sergeant at Arms. I have complete confidence in the investigation that is being conducted by the Capitol Police working with local law enforcement. I know we want to extend our gratitude for the outpouring of support we have received from throughout the Capitol and from throughout the country.
“Now, knowing Steve Scalise as we all do, he is likely really frustrated that he will not be able to play in the baseball game. I also know that Steve wants all of us to commend the bravery of those who came to the aid of the wounded. In the coming days, we will hear their stories, and we will have the chance to hold up their heroism.
“My colleagues, there are many memories from this day we will want to forget, and many images we will not want to see again. But there is one image in particular that this House should keep. And that is a photo I saw of our Democratic colleagues gathered in prayer this morning after hearing the news.
“You know, every day, we come here to test and challenge each other. We feel so deeply about the things we fight for and believe in. At times, our emotions can get the best of us. We are all imperfect. But we do not shed our humanity when we enter this chamber.
“For all the noise and fury, we are a family. These were our brothers and sisters in the line of fire. These were our brothers and sisters who ran into danger and saved countless lives.
“So before this House returns to its business, I want us to slow down and reflect, to think about how we are being tested right now. Because we are. I ask each of you to join me in resolving to come together…to lift each other up…and to show the country — show the world — that we are one House. The people’s House — united in our humanity.
“It is that humanity which will win the day. It always will.”

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