Reid highlighted the fact that the 20 children will never have a chance to grow up, and he said responding to and recovering from the tragedy may require Congress to look at priorities.
“So we stand with the people of Newtown today and in the days ahead,” the Kentucky Republican said. “We can do nothing to lessen their anguish, but we can let them know that we mourn with them, that we share a tiny part of their burden in our own hearts. And that we lift the victims and their families and the entire community in prayer.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.