One Nation, Under God
(Photo courtesy of Stephen Voss for CNN)
With a heavy heart, I wanted to write a personal note to you about the tragic violence that occurred on Wednesday.
Shock waves from the senseless violence in Virginia and Washington, D.C. rippled across the nation. Representatives, colleagues, and friends attending the GOP Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA were attacked by unspeakable evil. But evil will always lose. Perhaps the greatest strength of America is our determination in the face of sorrow; our resiliency when we are bruised. Nothing can break that. We saw bravery in our time of need and we give our full support to those recovering from their injuries.
To my friend, Majority Whip Steve Scalise, his wife Jennifer, and his two sweet children. To Special Agent Crystal Griner, Special Agent David Bailey, Matt Mika and Zachary Barth: we are praying for you and we stand with you.
The men and women serving with the Capitol Police put their lives on the line to protect us every single day. Wednesday was no different – without hesitation they compromised their personal safety and fought back against the evil in front of them, saving countless lives. In the words of my colleague Rep. Roger Williams, “We saw two people risk their lives to save others; we saw courage in the face of death.”
On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring their heroic actions as well as the quick answer of other first responders, and sent the resounding message that an attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. I’m proud to call these officers our friends and a part of our family here at the Capitol, and I pray for their continued safety. We cannot thank them enough.
I also ask that we come together as friends and citizens from all walks of life to support, listen and encourage one another. Our nation is a beacon of freedom; we are responsible for lifting each other up and respecting precious life. On Thursday evening, Congress gathered together in a time-honored tradition for the Congressional Baseball Game, where politics were put aside and bipartisan comradery was enjoyed in one of its purest forms. We know that Rep. Scalise would have wanted to join us and we look forward to his return very soon. All of us on Team Black are unspeakably thankful for the privilege of calling this country home and I know you feel that way too. May God continue to bless these United States.
Member of Congress
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1