(Senate - April 17, 2013)

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  Ms. WARREN. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate 
proceed to S. Res. 101, which was submitted earlier today.
  The clerk will report the resolution by title.
  The legislative clerk read as follows:

       A resolution (S. Res. 101) condemning the horrific attacks 
     in Boston, Massachusetts, and expressing support, sympathy, 
     and prayers for those impacted by this tragedy.

  There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the 
  Ms. WARREN. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the 
resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, and the motions to 
reconsider be laid upon the table, with no intervening action or 
  The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.
  The resolution (S. Res. 101) was agreed to.
  The preamble was agreed to.
  (The resolution, with its preamble, is printed in today's Record 
under ``Submitted Resolution.'')
  The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Massachusetts.
  Mr. COWAN. Mr. President, on Monday a great Boston tradition and a 
historic holiday in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts were marred by a 
cowardly and detestable act of violence. Dozens of innocent civilians, 
gathered to watch an iconic, peaceful athletic event, were injured by 
explosions and three lives were lost. I am honored today to join the 
senior Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Ms. Warren, in 
offering a resolution honoring the heroes and remembering the victims 
of that horrible day.
  We continue to pray for the injured and hope they begin to heal, and 
we mourn those who were killed and the families who survive them.
  As a community, our hearts ached on hearing about the youngest 
victim, Martin Richard, a vibrant 8-year-old boy from Dorchester--the 
same age as my son--who came to watch his father finish the marathon, 
who lost his life. We share in his family's grief and continue to send 
our prayers to his mother and sister, who are still in the hospital 
with very serious injuries.
  Yesterday we struggled to watch Patty Campbell fight back tears as 
she talked about her beautiful and always smiling daughter Krystle. 
This 29-year-old woman from Arlington and Lingzi Lu, a Boston 
University graduate student who was from China's northeastern city of 
Shenyang, were also tragically taken from us by this heinous act.
  Events such as those of Monday remind us that, yes, evil still exists 
in the world, but these events also remind us how unified and resilient 
the American people are. While the city of Boston witnessed terror, we 
also witnessed remarkable displays of bravery, support, kindness, and 
  The Nation and the world saw the best of the people in the 
Commonwealth during Monday's tragic events. Countless residents showed 
such strength and grace in the face of this terrible tragedy.
  I am in awe of the bravery shown by our police, fire, and emergency 
personnel. I am so proud of the medical providers, volunteers, and 
spectators who rushed toward the noise and smoke to help the injured 
even as they themselves remained in imminent danger. They helped to 
evacuate the victims and worked into the night and following days to 
offer care and protection.
  Doctors, nurses, residents, and volunteers worked and continue to 
work in some of the best hospitals in the Nation right there in Boston 
to save lives and help victims recover.
  I am also grateful for the support the Commonwealth has received from 
the President, national law enforcement, and my colleagues here in the 
Congress. The people of the Commonwealth are comforted that the Federal 
resources needed to help care for the victims and bring to justice 
those responsible for this assault will be provided. We appreciate that 
these tangible actions by the Federal Government represent the 
intangible support given to us by citizens in every State across this 
  As we remember those lost and injured, we know that what is good 
about the human spirit will triumph over the cowards who attacked us. 
Make no mistake, we will find them and justice will be done. The city 
of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the American people 
will come together and overcome this senseless tragedy. You may visit 
terror upon us, but we will never be terrorized.
  The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Arizona.