John Boehner teared up on the House floor today as he praised Gabrielle Giffords, alongside his Democratic counterpart Nancy Pelosi, just five days after she was shot outside a Safeway in Tucson.
The House came back into full session today for the first time since the attack, voting on a resolution to honor the congresswoman and the other victims.
From Boehner's remarks: "Our heart is broken, but our spirit is not. This is a time for the House to lock arms in prayer for the fallen and the wounded, and in resolve to carry on a dialogue of democracy. We may not have all the final answers, but we already have the answer that matters most: That we're Americans and we'll make it through this difficult period. We will have the last word."
Pelosi followed: "We honor [Giffords] as a brilliant and courageous member of Congress. She brought to Congress an invigoration, the thinking of a new generation of national leaders. A businesswoman, state legislator, she came to Congress full of ideas, and we will long continue to be blessed by them and look forward to when she is present with us on the floor. She has spoken out courageously and led boldly when the times demanded it."
Video below, courtesy of C-SPAN:
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