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.