Statement ● National Security & Foreign Policy
For Immediate Release: 
May 21, 2018
Contact Info: 
Annaliese Davis 202-225-4131
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today following another moment of silence on the Floor for victims of gun violence. Below is a video and transcript of his remarks:

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“Mr. Speaker, a moment of silence is not enough.

“I did not respond to the invitation of the gentleman from Texas to come and stand here [for a moment of silence].

“I lost a young woman at Great Mills High School in my district. I visited with her parents; I went to her funeral; and I grieved with our community. But coming to this well and spending but a moment for the thousands who have lost their lives is not enough.

“We need to act. The Governor of Texas thinks we ought to do something. The Governor of Florida thought we should do something, and he did something.

“We should bring to this Floor legislation to try to stem this violence. We'll have disagreements as to what that may be, but a moment of silence is not enough.”