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WE ARE UNITED
(Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin asked and was given permission to address the
House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin. Mr. Speaker, there are very 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
We are all praying for those who were attacked and for 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. We are united in our
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 to 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. One was being treated, and one was about to go into surgery. I
expressed our profound gratitude to them. It is clear to me, based on
various eyewitness accounts, that without these two heroes, Agent
Bailey and Agent Griner, many lives would have been lost.
I know that 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 and the FBI, who are also working with local law
I know we want to extend our gratitude for the outpouring of support
we have received from throughout the Capitol and from around the
And now, knowing Steve Scalise as we all do, he is likely really
frustrated that he is not going to 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 a chance to hold up their heroism.
My colleagues, there are so many memories from this day that we will
want to forget, and there are so many images that 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 this morning of our Democratic
colleagues gathered in prayer this morning after hearing the news.
You know, every day we come here to test and to challenge each other.
We feel so deeply about the things that we fight for and the things
that we believe in. At times, our emotions can clearly get the best of
us. We are all imperfect, but we do not shed our humanity when we enter
For all the noise and all the fury, 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 and saved countless lives.
So before this House returns to its business, let's just slow down
and reflect to think about how we are all being tested right now,
because we are being tested right now.
I ask each of you to join me to resolve to come together, to lift
each other up, and to 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, and it always will.