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Congress condemns museum shooting

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WASHINGTON (JTA) — Both houses of the U.S. Congress unanimously passed resolutions condemning the shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Congress also offered condolences Thursday to the family of murdered security guard Stephen Johns, who was killed the day before when a gunman opened fire at the museum.

Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.) authored the House of Representatives resolution; Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) wrote the Senate version. Both note the bravery of employees and security personnel at the museum.

The Senate version "condemns anti-Semitism and all forms of religious, ethnic, and racial bigotry" and "condemns acts of physical violence against, and harassment of, people based on race, gender, ethnicity, or religious affiliation."

The House resolution says the body will redouble "its commitment to advance the mission of the museum to educate people about the Holocaust and fight against anti-Semitism, racism, hatred and intolerance."

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