Pelosi Floor Speech on the Terrorist Attack in Paris

January 8, 2015
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor today to condemn the horrific shooting at the office of a French magazine in Paris, and to offer her deepest sympathies to the people of France and the families of the victims.  Below are the Leader’s remarks:

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker.  I know that, at some point, the House will take more official and formal notice of what happened in Paris early yesterday morning – well, we awakened to it early yesterday morning.  It was such a tragic terrorist act – not only upon freedom of the press, but really upon freedom of expression and the life in a civil society.

“In this chamber, there are two paintings, as you know, Mr. Speaker: one of them, the Founder, our patriarch, George Washington, and the other of the Marquis de Lafayette.  After 9/11, the French newspaper Le Monde said: ‘We are all Americans.’  All last night, we saw ‘je suis Charlie.’  All over the world, people say: ‘I am Charlie,’ that referencing Charlie Hebdo, the magazine, the publication that was assaulted.

“I know, I'm certain the Speaker is putting together a formal moment of silence.  I won't go to that place.  But I didn't want the day to go by without acknowledging the tragedy that befell our friends in France, that they were with us to help the founding of our country, hence the Marquis’ painting in this chamber along with our patriarch, George Washington.

“And just to say that: I know from what I’ve heard, from Members, that the thoughts and prayers of all our Members are with the families of those who lost their lives in that terrible terrorist act, and with all the people of France as they mourn their loss.  With that, Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.”