- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 14, 2017

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan declared Congress ‘united’ Wednesday in the wake of the vicious morning attack on Republicans practicing baseball, saying lawmakers.

“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,” Mr. Ryan declared in opening the House for its noon session.

Most business was canceled for the day, as lawmakers huddled with each other to talk about the attack, and to hear a briefing from police.

Mr. Ryan told lawmakers they were “being tested right now” by the attack, but also by the anger of the political debate.

“We’re all imperfect. but we do not shed our humanity when we enter this House,” he said. “For all the noise and all the fury, we are one family.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi agreed, calling the shooting “an injury in our family.”

“We respect you and your constituents who sent you here — all worthy of respect,” she told Republicans gathered on the chamber floor. “But we do have our differences. And so I pray — my prayer is we can resolve our differences in a way that furthers the preamble to the Constitution, takes us closer to E Pluribus Unum.”

Mrs. Pelosi said she’s started praying in recent years for the safety of all lawmakers from the president down.

She said the attack on lawmakers practicing baseball was particularly “cowardly.”

Republicans were preparing for Thursday’s annual game, where they will face off against Democrats in an event that provides a year’s worth of bragging rights on Capitol Hill, and that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity.

The game will go on, leaders announced.

“We cannot let that be a victory for the assailant,” Mrs. Pelosi said.

• Stephen Dinan can be reached at sdinan@washingtontimes.com.

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