WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner has opened a session of the House by honoring victims of Saturday's shooting in Arizona, speaking in a halting voice, his eyes welled up with tears.
Boehner (BAY'-nur) told House members that "our hearts are broken but our spirit is not."
Wednesday's six-hour session is a remembrance for the 19 people shot, six fatally. Many of the remarks are expected to focus on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona Democrat shot in the head as she spoke to constituents outside a supermarket. Giffords is recovering in an Arizona hospital, and is expected to survive.
Boehner said America will make it through the tragedy, declaring "We will have the last word."
Later Wednesday, President Barack Obama is flying to Tuscon to attend a prayer service for the victims.