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Members of Congress praise Queen as Pelosi orders Capitol flags to be flown at half staff

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer spoke in the Senate to say it would be hard to imagine a world without the Queen;  he called her

Members of Congress from both parties voiced support for Queen Elizabeth after her death was announced while Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered Capitol flags flown at half-staff.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer described the Queen as a “rock”, while Pelosi said she would be an inspiration to young girls for “generations to come”.

Also, on Tuesday, “the House will pass a resolution of mourning in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.” In accordance with precedent, the House will then adjourn for the day in his honor,’ Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said.

“On behalf of the United States Congress, I extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family at this sad time,” Pelosi said in a statement.

“In the brightest spotlight in history, Queen Elizabeth delivered a masterclass in grace and strength, power and poise. Her extraordinary life and leadership will continue to inspire young women and girls in public service, now and for generations to come,” she noted.

Dozens of lawmakers took to Twitter following news of the Queen’s death. Both Republicans and Democrats praised the Queen, citing her 70 years on the throne, her leadership and her devotion to her country. They offered thoughts and prayers for his family.

Schumer spoke in the Senate to say it would be hard to imagine a world without the Queen.

“It’s hard to imagine that today we have to say goodbye, because after all most Americans – not to mention the British people – have never lived in a world without Her Majesty The Queen.” he declared.

“In difficult times, she was both strong and comforting. In moments of joy, she was graceful and dignified. She was a rock, the living embodiment of the virtues that are at the heart of the nation she so proudly led. I dare say we will never see a leader like her as long as we live,” he added.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell hailed the monarch’s long reign and her service to her country.

“The Queen made sure that her reign was never really about herself – neither her fame, nor her feelings, nor her personal wants or needs. She has guided venerable institutions through modern times using timeless virtues like duty, dignity and sacrifice. She gave our contemporary world a much-needed living masterclass,” he said in a statement.

Buckingham Palace announced at 1.30pm that “The Queen passed away peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon”. The King and Queen consort will stay at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow. Queen Elizabeth II was 96 years old.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer spoke in the Senate to say it would be hard to imagine a world without the Queen;  he called her

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer spoke in the Senate to say it would be hard to imagine a world without the Queen; he called it “rock” for the British people

The United States Capitol flags were lowered to half staff to honor Queen Elizabeth

The United States Capitol flags were lowered to half staff to honor Queen Elizabeth

Senator Mitch McConnell shared a photo from the May 7, 2007 State Dinner at the White House;  left to right: McConnell, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, then First Lady Laura Bush, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, then President George W. Bush, and McConnell's Secretary Elaine L. Chao

Senator Mitch McConnell shared a photo from the May 7, 2007 State Dinner at the White House; left to right: McConnell, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, then First Lady Laura Bush, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, then President George W. Bush, and McConnell’s Secretary Elaine L. Chao

American lawmakers remember her fondly.

“As for Queen Elizabeth II, the combination of longevity, impeccable character and incredible leadership over seven decades of war and peace will probably never be seen again,” said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina . “Bravo, Your Majesty – Rest in peace.”

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has shared memories and photos of meeting the Queen in 1983 when she was Mayor of San Francisco and the monarch was visiting the city.

“I remember well his visit to San Francisco in 1983 when I was mayor. I spent time with the Queen at Davies Symphony Hall and found her to be gracious and kind, a wonderful representative of her nation,’ Feinstein tweeted.

“Queen Elizabeth will be remembered and missed by many, and my thoughts are with her family and the British people,” she added.

Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia shared photos of when he greeted the Queen during her 2007 visit to Jamestown. Kaine was governor of the state at the time and guided her on her visit to the first permanent English colony in North America.

‘Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth II. I keep these photos from his visit to Jamestown, VA in 2007 in my Senate office, and I remember that visit fondly. His kindness and grace will be missed,” he wrote.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has shared memories and photos of meeting the Queen in 1983 when she was Mayor of San Francisco and the monarch was visiting the city.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has shared memories and photos of meeting the Queen in 1983 when she was Mayor of San Francisco and the monarch was visiting the city.

Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia shared photos of when he greeted the Queen during her visit to Jamestown in 2007

Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia shared photos of when he greeted the Queen during her visit to Jamestown in 2007

Republican Representative Kevin Brady remembers meeting her when she was in Texas in 1991.

‘I fondly remember Her Majesty’s speech in May 1991 to the Texas Legislature. A moving and historic moment for a young State House representative like me. Our prayers go out to @RoyalFamily and her grieving nation’ ‘, did he declare.

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin also tweeted a photo of his meeting with the Queen.

“I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen has been revered around the world for her dedication to service and her unwavering leadership over the decades. Gayle and I pray for the family Royal and the people of the Commonwealth,” he wrote.

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa said she was a “great queen”.

“Queen Elizabeth II was such a great queen. She loved the British people and was deeply involved in everything a queen should do. I appreciate all she has done for the people of Britain. She is a symbol for the whole world of decency and humanity – God bless the royal family,” he said.

And Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut said there would never be another queen like her.

“Queen Elizabeth II reigned for nearly a third of America’s history. Just an extraordinary woman who brought her nation to the fore again and again, and helped uncover the special relationship between Britain and the United States. There will never be another like her,” he said.

The queen went to the Capitol. In May 1991, she addressed a joint session of Congress, becoming the first British monarch to do so.

She addressed the joint session of Congress as part of her state visit to the United States under President George HW Bush. She was greeted with a standing ovation by lawmakers.

“Some people think power comes from the barrel of a gun,” the Queen said in her address. “It’s possible, but history shows that it never grows well or for very long. Strength, ultimately, is sterile. We have come a better way: our societies are based on mutual agreement, on contract and on consensus.

The Queen addressed a joint session of Congress in May 1991, becoming the first British monarch to do so.

The Queen addressed a joint session of Congress in May 1991, becoming the first British monarch to do so.

The Queen, followed by Prince Philip, is applauded by lawmakers in 1991 after addressing the joint session of Congress

The Queen, followed by Prince Philip, is applauded by lawmakers in 1991 after addressing the joint session of Congress

The Queen waits in the drawing room before receiving new Prime Minister Liz Truss for an audience in Balmoral, Scotland on Tuesday in what would be her last public appearance.

The Queen waits in the drawing room before receiving new Prime Minister Liz Truss for an audience in Balmoral, Scotland on Tuesday in what would be her last public appearance.

The Queen’s death will see Britain and her Commonwealth realms enter a ten-day period of mourning.

Her death came more than a year after that of her beloved husband Philip, who died aged 99 in April 2021. Since his funeral, where she has sat poignantly alone due to restrictions on lockdown, her own health declined and she was forced to miss an increased number of events mainly due to “mobility issues” and fatigue.

In July, she traveled to Scotland for her annual summer holiday, but canceled her traditional welcome to Balmoral Castle in favor of a smaller, more private event due to her health, which is thought to be linked to his ability to stand.

And at the end of July, Prince Charles represented his mother and opened the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham with the Duchess of Cornwall. At the end of August, Queen missed the Braemar Gathering – the first time she was not at the Highland Games in her 70-year reign.

But she was well enough to meet Boris Johnson at Balmoral to accept his resignation, before asking the 15th Prime Minister of her reign, Liz Truss, to form a government. Her Majesty, who stood propped up with a staff and smiled as he saluted Truss in front of a crackling fire, had not been seen in public for two months. It would be his last photo.

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