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Lawmakers React To Capitol Lockdown, Thanking Capitol Police

Oct 03, 2013 | Updated Oct 03, 2013

WASHINGTON -- U.S. lawmakers reacted to the Capitol shooting and lockdown Thursday, grateful for the response of Capitol Police.

After tweeting that shots had been fired outside the Capitol, Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) chastised leading Democrats for their "violent rhetoric." He quickly deleted the comment from Twitter and said he had "tweeted out of emotion." He called the shooting a "terrible and inexcusable tragedy."

Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) said he thought the sirens "sounded like the usual motorcade." Rep. Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) told reporters the shots sounded like a car backfiring. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) described seeing people drop to the ground after hearing shots.

"I observed Capitol Police officers rushing towards danger while instructing the rest of us to take cover," Brown said in a statement. "I thank them and their families for their sacrifice and my thoughts and prayers go out for their safety."

Brown wasn't the only one to celebrate the courage of the Capitol Police force. Lawmakers released statements and took to Twitter to thank officers for their work. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told ABC News it was a "national disgrace" that the officers weren't getting paid for their service on Thursday.

“I suspect at the end of the day they will get paid, but they have mortgages to meet, they have college loans to meet,” Sanders said. “These are not millionaires. They are struggling people who have families and kids.”

Lawmakers released statements and took to Twitter to thank the officers for their work.

“Today was another reminder of the bravery of police officers and first responders," Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said in a statement. "I observed Capitol Police officers rushing towards danger while instructing the rest of us to take cover. I thank them and their families for their sacrifice and my thoughts and prayers go out for their safety.”

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