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Ryan Holds Moment of Silence for Victims of Paris Attacks

Ryan held a moment of silence on the floor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Ryan held a moment of silence on the floor. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As members of Congress debated on television shows and in news statements how to respond to the terrorist attacks in Paris, they paused Monday night to pay tribute to the victims.  

Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., held a moment of silence on the House floor Monday at around 7 p.m. to honor the victims of the attacks.

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Ryan let out a “shhh” to quiet the House floor as members gathered for the first time since the coordinated attacks on Nov. 13 left at least 129 dead and hundreds injured in the French capital.  

“We will now observe a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks in France,” Ryan said, as members of the House and visitors in the gallery stood and bowed their heads.  

Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., was seen blessing himself with the sign of the cross as the House stood in silence. After the moment ended, Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., shouted, “Vive la France!”

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