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House to Honor Tucson Victims, First Responders with Resolution

The U.S. House of Representatives will honor victims of the Tucson, Arizona shooting rampage.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will call up House Resolution 11 Wednesday morning to honor the dead and injured as well recognize several acts of heroism on the scene.

The text of the Resolution states, "The House of Representatives 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 continues, stating that the House "offers its heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of those who were killed in that attack."

The Resolution also says that the House, "Expresses its hope for the rapid and complete recovery of those wounded in the shooting," and it "honors the memory of Christina Taylor Green, Dorothy Morris, John Roll, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard, and Gabriel Zimmerman," the six people killed in Saturday's shooting.

"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 resolution continues. It also recognizes the first responders and health care professionals who took care of victims both on the scene and at the hospital.

Twenty-two year old Jared Loughner is accused of opening fired at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' Saturday event in Tucson, killing six people, wounding 14 more and leaving the lawmaker clinging to life in an Arizona hospital.

After Boehner calls up the resolution, he will be followed on the floor by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer D-Md. Members will break for a prayer recess in the afternoon, and then return to finish remarks on the resolution.

House leaders do not plan to have a roll call vote on adopting the resolution, though conceivably anyone could ask for one. They expect to approve the resolution by unanimous consent or voice vote.

Fox Senior House Producer Chad Pergram contributed to this report.