Brussels attacks

House Acknowledges Brussels Attack ... After a While
Parochial and partisan leads off most floor statements

Paul Ryan used his floor time to discuss the Little Sisters of the Poor and their court case. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The House on Tuesday observed a moment of silence for victims of the Brussels attacks, but not before dispensing with the usual mix of parochial and partisan pronouncements.  

As the chamber met at 10 a.m. for Morning Hour, when members speak on a variety of topics, Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., was first to speak. "I look with increasing horror along with the growing number of other Americans at the great and bitter division that is taking place in our politics," he began, quoting former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey. He then pivoted to the chamber's workload. "With Congress back in town for just three days before a 2 1/2-week break, all anyone wants to know is if -- not even when -- we might get some real work accomplished for the American people," he continued.  

Defense Secretary Pressed on Plan to Defeat ISIS After Brussels
Carter suggests shifting money to fight the terrorist group

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter (left) and  Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., address the threat from the Islamic State. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, used Tuesday’s terrorist attacks in Brussels to blast the administration for failing to submit a plan for fighting the Islamic State, as required in the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill.  

The law (PL 114-92), enacted late last year, demanded the administration send Congress the details of its strategy against the terrorist organization by Feb. 15.  

Trump Calls for Closed Borders, Waterboarding Following Brussels Attacks
The presidential field was divided along partisan lines Tuesday as it reacted to the deadly bombings

Trump was in D.C. on Monday (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call).

The presidential campaign took another sharp turn toward national security Tuesday, as a deadly terrorist attack in Brussels prompted promises from the Republican and Democratic candidates that they would keep America safe if elected.  

In the hours following the attack -- which authorities say killed more than 30 and injured nearly 200 others, according to the Associated Press   -- the field of presidential contenders proposed a renewed military campaign against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and to tighten security at home. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.