Entries in Tucson Tragedy (2)


Congressional Approval Jumps with New Session

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PRINCETON, N.J.) -- A new Gallup poll released Tuesday shows that Americans gave a 20 percent approval rating to Congress through the first week of January.

The new numbers are an increase from a record-low approval rating of 13 percent in December and 17 percent in November. The current numbers reflect where they had sat from around May through October of 2010.

A surge in the approval ratings of Republicans helped to lead the overall rebound. From the last Gallup poll in December, GOP approval numbers ballooned to 22 percent, the highest that number has been in nearly two years, from just seven percent the month before.  Democrats saw a modest increase from 16 percent to 24 percent.

Although the poll was taken from January 7th-9th, the same weekend as the tragic shootings in Tucson, Arizona, it does not reflect any drastic changes in the job Congress is doing.

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House Resolution Honors Heroes, Victims of Tucson Tragedy

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A resolution to be read on the House floor Wednesday will honor the victims of Saturday's mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, and will also single out a number of individuals for heroic action on the scene of Saturday's bloody rampage.

The text of the measure reads that "Representative Gabrielle Giffords was a target of this attack, and remains in critical condition at an Arizona hospital" and "condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific attack which occurred at the ‘Congress on your Corner’ event hosted by Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona, on January 8, 2011."

The resolution also honors each individual killed in the shooting, including Gabe Zimmerman, Giffords' congressional aide who was killed in the shooting.

"Whereas Gabriel Matthew Zimmerman, who was 30 years old and engaged to be married, served as Director of Community Outreach to Representative Gabrielle Giffords, and was a social worker before serving with Representative Giffords," the resolution reads.

The resolution also recognizes the heroic action of many attendees who sprung to action to stop suspected gunman Jared Loughner at the "Congress on Your Corner" event last Saturday.

"Whereas several of those in attendance at this event, including Patricia Maisch, Roger Sulzgeber, Joseph Zimudie, and Daniel Hernandez, Jr., helped apprehend the gunman and assist the injured, thereby risking their lives for the safety of others, and should be commended for their bravery," the resolution reads.

The measure also “applauds the bravery and quick thinking exhibited by those individuals who prevented the gunman from potentially taking more lives and helped to save those who had been wounded.”

The measure will be considered under a Unanimous Consent request and, at the request of House Republican leadership in consultation with Democratic leaders, likely will not have a recorded vote in order to enable members of Congress to travel to Tucson for a memorial service Wednesday.

There will also be an hour of debate set aside to discuss the resolution, affording individual members the opportunity to speak out about the tragedy.

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