EXPRESSING SYMPATHY FOR VICTIMS OF RECENT TORNADO IN OKLAHOMA
(House of Representatives - May 23, 2013)

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     EXPRESSING SYMPATHY FOR VICTIMS OF RECENT TORNADO IN OKLAHOMA

  (Mr. CICILLINE asked and was given permission to address the House 
for 1 minute.)
  Mr. CICILLINE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my deepest 
sympathies for the victims of this week's tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, 
and the surrounding area. I want to especially pay my respects to my 
colleagues, Congressmen Tom Cole and James Lankford, and their 
constituents as they begin the difficult work of rebuilding their 
community following this natural disaster. All of us in this Chamber 
mourn today for the 24 individuals who were killed, including 9 
children, 7 of whom died in their local elementary school. Our thoughts 
and prayers remain with them and their families.
  In the face of such loss, we ask how so many American lives could be 
taken so quickly. But as we have in the past, through scores of other 
natural disasters, our country will get through this difficult time, 
confident in our capacity to persevere through any trial and committed 
to doing all that we can to help each other. If the spirit of America, 
in one Nation, indivisible, means anything at all, it means all of us 
will come together to help Oklahomans through this difficult and 
painful time.
  On behalf of all of the residents of Rhode Island's First 
Congressional District, I offer my thoughts and prayers to the people 
of Oklahoma.

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