As a Nation, We Grieve Together

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Republican Leadership Press Conference:
June 14, 2016

Participants:
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Conference Vice Chair Lynn Jenkins (R- KS)
Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX)

Cathy McMorris Rodgers Remarks as Delivered:

““I want to thank Chairman Michael McCaul for joining us this morning. We are all heartbroken by the tragedy in Orlando over the weekend.

“And as we mourn together, we’re learning of tragic news out of France this morning. A reminder that these are fighters, embedded across Europe, and the threat around the world continues.

“Violence of any kind is cowardly, and it goes against our values. As a nation we grieve together. And at the end of the day, no matter your background, no matter your walk of life, we are all Americans. Every man, woman, and child in this country should have confidence to live free knowing they are safe from terror in their own community.

“This tragic weekend, was a stark reminder that the threats against our country are very real, and they are growing stronger by the day. Not since 9/11 have we seen so much bloodshed on our soil.

“Acknowledging the threat, radical [Islamist] terrorism is more important than ever. American leadership is more important than ever.

“The loved ones of those who have been attacked continue to be in my prayers. God Bless.”