The U.S. House of Representatives is debating a resolution honoring the victims of Saturday’s shooting during a constituent event in Arizona.
One by one, Republicans and Democrats paid tribute to those killed and wounded in Tuscon. Many quoted from the Bible; others offered prayers for the victims and for the colleague they called “Gabby.”
Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff of Burbank addressed the staff of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, seated in the gallery. "There is one day that we look forward to above all others and that is the day that Gabby walks back onto this House floor and stands before this podium and is recognized."
Many called for a more civil political discourse. Republican Congressman Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, the majority whip, was in the same 2006 freshman class as Giffords.
He says she embodied the word "bipartisan." "She didn’t sit back to wait to talk to everybody on different sides of the aisle. She did it as she’s done every day on this floor. Walked right up, introduced herself and said 'How can we work together?'”
Members urged Giffords to “keep on fighting” and said now was the time for Congress itself to do its best.