Congressional leaders united by shooting

George Tzokas
By George Tzokas
June 14, 2017US News
Congressional leaders united by shooting
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 25: U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks during a weekly news briefing May 25, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Speaker Ryan took questions from the media on the CBO score of the AHCA and the alleged assault on a reporter by Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The speaker of the House and Senate majority leader agree: Politics aside, they are one body. They are a family.

The shocking shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise stopped partisanship for a day.

House Speaker Paul Ryan expressed it well.

“We are united, we are united in our shock, we are united in our anguish. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.,” he told the whole of Congress on the morning of June 14.

“I ask each of you to join me to resolve, to come together, to lift each other up and show the country, to 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,” he concluded.

Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi recognized the truth in his words.

“You will hear me say something you have never heard me say before,” Pelosi told the legislators. “I identify myself with the remarks of the speaker. They are beautiful remarks, Mr. Speaker thank you so much for the sentiments they represent, thank you so much.”

It took something so shocking and so tragic to bring the two parties together. Hopefully the lesson learned will not be forgotten.

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