House Holds Moment of Silence

Posted June 4, 2008 at 3:08pm

The House on Wednesday will honor a request by Rep. Walter Jones Jr. (R-N.C.) to hold a moment of silence to honor fallen soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, an observation that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has pledged to make into a monthly event.

Jones last month requested that the House hold a moment of silence as “a solemn reminder of the more than 4,000 killed and more than 30,000 wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

In a letter back to Jones, Pelosi said she supported the idea and, further, agreed to make the observation a regular practice in the House. Going forward, the Speaker pledged to have the House observe a moment of silence on the first legislative day of each month.

Wednesday’s moment of silence is expected to come during the first series of votes around 4 p.m