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Boehner: Shootings won’t sway GOP agenda

In this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner reenacts the swearing in of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Authorities say that Giffords was shot in the head on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 while meeting with constituents in her district in the area around Tucson. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

House Speaker John Boehner says that the shooting of an Arizona congresswoman won’t stop representatives in Washington from their duties.

In a brief statement Sunday morning, the newly sworn speaker said flags on the House side of the Capitol in Washington will be flown at half staff to honor Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ slain aide, Gabe Zimmerman. Thirty-year-old Zimmerman was among six killed Saturday in a Tucson, Ariz., shooting rampage that left the Democratic congresswoman among 13 wounded.

Boehner says normal House business this week is postponed to focus on any necessary actions in the shooting aftermath.

But he says the “inhuman act” can’t be allowed to deter representatives from serving their constituents.

The Republican speaker didn’t take any questions before leaving the township government building near his West Chester, Ohio, home.

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