Jan 13, 2011

An emotional Congress honors victims

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is shown above with Speaker of the House John Boehner at her swearing in ceremony earlier this month. Giffords is shown in the center photo with her Astronaut husband Mark Kelly.

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Congress met for the first time since the attack on Saturday in Tucson, Arizona.

It was time to pay homage to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and the legacy of the lives lost over the weekend.

Speaker of the House John Boehner (right) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (left) sign the book of condolences and the book of well wishes for the victims of the Tucson, Arizona shooting before attending a prayer service for them in the Capitol in Washington yesterday. Standing behind is House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.

Speaker of the House John Boehner, overcome with emotion, paused several times during a speech Wednesday as he pledged renewed "commitment to fulfill our oaths of office."

"Let us not let this inhuman act frighten us into doing otherwise," Boehner cautioned. "The free exchange of ideas is the lifeblood of our democracy."