Arizona Shooting Impacting Politics In Washington

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Tucson’s shooting is already having an impact in Washington D.C.

House leaders announced they're putting off the vote on repealing President Obama's health care reform law as well as all other regular House business.

They said House members need a little time to step back, think and consider security matters.

We spoke with Gifford’s fellow lawmakers to find out what, if any, implications the shooting would have on their jobs, moving forward.

“Gabby is my best friend in Congress," says Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA 9th district).  "We chaired the House Armed Services Committee together and traveled the world together."

"For the past 36 hours all I can do is think of and send my prayers to Gabby and the others injured, and the family members of those killed."

Congressman Adam Smith refers to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords as a person who truly understands what it means to be a member of the House of Representatives.

“Gabby went on hundreds of meetings. She met her constituents wherever she could, to make it easier for them to contact their representative.

But will that *accessibility* that comes with the job title, change in the wake of Saturday's shooting?

Smith doesn't think so.

 “You can't let one mad man stop us from doing what is necessary to our entire country - representing democracy.”

 Others like Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Representative Jan Schakowsky say they'll take a second look at their own security.

"This needs to be wakeup call for members who have treated security in cavalier way."

“It's very vivid in my mind - the scene. and all of the sudden, a gunman? No, I certainly haven't, (thought about security) but probably always will now."

Most all of them say they’ll  continue to meet with the people they serve. A part of the job Smith says he loves and expects to do without any additional security.

“We're not going to have secret service at every meeting we have got. I think there will be efforts to think of heightened security, but regardless we have to do our job.”

The other message from politicans today;  to get back to respecting each other in Washington DC and across the country. Representative Jim Mcdermott, “ I think when we have discussions in Washington, we have to remember to treat each other like human beings, so this doesn't lead to action in a violent way.”

He also goes on to say that in this instance authorities have a suspect in custody and will at some point find out from that individual what led him to wanting to shoot and kill so many innocent people.

President Barack Obama has called for a national moment of silence tomorrow at 11 a-m eastern.. 8 a-m our time to honor the victims of what he calls a senseless tragedy.

  for a link to Rep. Smith's site, head here  http://adamsmith.house.gov/

 

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