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  • Remembering the Victims in Paris, France

    by Senator Nancy Pelosi

    Posted on 2015-01-08

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    PELOSI asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Ms. PELOSI. Mr. Speaker, I know at some point the House will take more official and formal notice of what happened in Paris as we awakened early yesterday morning. It was such a tragic terrorist act not only upon freedom of the press, but upon freedom of expression and life in a civil society.

    In this Chamber, there are two paintings, as you know, Mr. Speaker. One is of our patriarch, George Washington, and the other is of the Marquis de Lafayette. After 9/11, the French newspaper Le Monde said, ``We are all Americans.'' Last night, we heard, ``Je suis Charlie.'' People all over the world were saying, ``I am Charlie,'' referencing Charlie Hebdo, the publication that was assaulted.

    I am certain the Speaker is putting together a formal moment of silence, but I didn't want the day to go by without acknowledging the tragedy that befell our friends in France. They were with us to help the founding of our country, hence the Marquis de Lafayette painting in this Chamber, along with our own patriarch, George Washington.

    My thoughts and prayers and those of our Members are with the families of those who lost their lives in this terrible terrorist act and also with the people of France as they mourn their loss.


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