This week, our nation witnessed a tragedy when
an active shooterâ€”with evil intentions and
malice in his heartâ€”opened fire on Members
of Congress at a morning practice for the
Congressional Baseball Game. Injured in the
incident were congressional staff, two Capitol
Police officers, and a dear friend,
Representative Steve Scalise, who is currently
hospitalized and in critical condition.
I shudder to think what may have happened
Wednesday morning were it not for the quick
action taken by Representative Scaliseâ€™s
security detail. These courageous special agents
returned fire to apprehend the perpetrator of
this senseless and appalling act of
violence.Â Through their heroic actions,
they prevented a massacre, saving the lives of
dozens of elected Members of Congress and
Today, I wish to pay special tribute to these
humble heroes. And in doing so, I would also like
to recognize the 23 members of my own security
detail who work around the clock to keep Elaine
and me safe.Â In all my years of public
service, these are among the most honorable men
and women I have ever worked with.
Whether in Utah or in the Capitol,
youâ€™ve probably seen these police officers
walking by my side; wherever I go, they go. They
are like family to me, and over the past two and
a half years, Iâ€™ve built a special bond
with each of them.
Elaine and I love each of these special agents
dearly, and we love their families too. Scripture
tell us, â€śGreater love hath no man than
this, that a man lay down his life for his
friends.â€ť That these special agents are
willing to put their lives on the line to protect
others speaks to their selflessness, their
bravery, and their love of country.
As Members of Congress we stand united in the
aftermath of Wednesdayâ€™s attack. And thanks
to our brave Capitol Police officers, we also
stand protected from those who would do us harm.
Today, I would like to thank the men and women of
my security detail and also recognize the
thousands of police officers across our state who
make tremendous sacrifices to keep us safe.