Washington, D.C. – Tonight the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan resolution (H. Res. 355) that condemns the terrorist attacks in Manchester and London and reaffirms unwavering support for the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.

On the House floor prior to the vote, Chairman Royce delivered the following remarks (as prepared for delivery):

“I want to recognize Congressman Gregory Meeks, the Ranking Member of the Europe Subcommittee, and Congressman Paul Cook, the Vice-Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, for their work on this timely and important resolution.

On May 22, 2017, in a cowardly act of terrorism, a suicide bomber attacked exiting concert-goers at the Manchester Arena, in England.

What many had planned to be a night of joy and togetherness turned – with one horrifying blast – into a nightmare of chaos and devastation.

Twenty-three innocent people were killed, and over 166 were severely injured.  Many of these victims were children.

This past week, in another cowardly attack, terrorists struck unsuspecting and unarmed pedestrians on London Bridge, and then went on to attack innocent bystanders in London’s Borough Market area.

Thus far, at least 7 people have died, and over 48 have been seriously wounded.

We grieve their loss and send our prayers and condolences to their families.

We also commend the brave and selfless actions of British first-responders, who in the wake of both attacks moved to quickly secure the areas, aid the wounded and prevent further loss of life.

Our deranged enemies, it’s clear, are intent on striking us wherever and whenever possible, often choosing to prey upon the most innocent and vulnerable.

We must be even more determined in our resolve to stop them.

And we must continue to build upon our own capabilities, strengthening our cooperation with our friends and allies, like the United Kingdom.

Mr. Speaker – the United Kingdom has been a staunch friend and ally, unparalleled in its support for the United States, including as a partner in our counterterrorism efforts.

At this sad time, we stand solidly beside our friends and allies as they mourn, heal, and most assuredly rise again following this tragedy.

Passage of this resolution is just one way that we can demonstrate this support.

I urge my colleagues to join me in support of this measure.”