Statuary Hall

In Memoriam at the Capitol
Lawmakers gather to remember colleagues

Former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota speaks in the Capitol on Sept. 27 during the United States Association of Former Members of Congress memorial service for lawmakers who died within the last 18 months. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Current and former lawmakers and members of their families came together Wednesday to honor five senators and 28 members of the House who died over the past year-and-a-half.

Former Florida GOP Rep. Cliff Stearns, the president of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, led the Statuary Hall ceremony.

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Mississippi Senators Defend Jefferson Davis

A statue of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy and a Mississippi senator, has a prime spot in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Mississippi's two senators are ready to change the state flag, but they still honor and defend Jefferson Davis, the man who served as the president of the Confederacy and whose statue stands prominently in the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall.  

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tossed Jefferson Davis under the proverbial bus Tuesday — calling for the Davis statue in Kentucky's Capitol to be moved to a museum — part of a wave of efforts across the nation to roll back Confederate symbols after images emerged of Dylann Roof, accused of killing nine in a racially motivated massacre in Charleston, S.C., posing with the Confederate battle flag. But Republicans Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker of Mississippi stood by Davis Wednesday in separate hallway interviews at the Capitol with CQ Roll Call.  

House Holds Moment of Silence for Charleston Victims (Video)

Scott spoke about the Charleston church shooting earlier Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

At 7:01 p.m., in the midst of a series of House votes, South Carolina Republican Mark Sanford led his colleagues in observing a moment of silence for the nine victims killed June 17 in the Charleston church massacre.  

Sanford, a former governor of the state, was joined on the floor by fellow South Carolina Republicans Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham, who slipped over from the Senate after business had adjourned for the day.