November 5th, 2009
06:38 PM ET
13 years ago

House, Senate hold moments of silence for Fort Hood victims

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The House and Senate each observed a moment of silence Thursday or victims of the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, and their families."]
Washington (CNN) - Both chambers of Congress observed moments of silence Thursday for victims of the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, and their families.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, notified the chamber of the "extraordinarily sad and wrenching news" of the violence.

"We do not know the nature of this attack, but it is a serious attack on our war fighters," said Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, who represents the district that includes Fort Hood. Carter noted that many troops at the fort had been deployed overseas four times.

The Senate also held a moment of silence after comments by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Our Military personnel are stressed just like they were during Vietnam, they aren't born killers. God Bless our Men and Women.

    November 5, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Mattew

    Very sad. But violence begets violence. It did happen on a military base.

    November 5, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. The nazis had 'Mein Kampf', the wingnuts have 'Going Rogue

    This is as horrific day.

    November 5, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  4. Simmy

    God's comfort and strength be upon families of victims.....Too sad to attack comrades in arms.......Please keep our brave troops strong and vigilant.....Peace

    November 5, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. Jkay - KCMO

    God bless our troops at Ft. Hood and around the world. God bless those that have passed far too young.

    November 5, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. S M R

    Bring our troops home!!! We are BROKE, our Troops are spread too thinly around the World, The stress of deployments over and over again!!! When will these wars ever end? Iraq it is almost 5000 killed and over 30,000 wounded for what? OVER 100,000 Innocent Iraqies killed and who really knows how many wounded, for what? Unwanted war with no exit strategy? War only benifits the war mongers connected to the millitary contractors, ala: Dick Cheney. Here is your chance President Obama to be the best President in U.S. History by bringing our Troops home, strenthen our boarders and Immigration law!!! GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS

    November 5, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |