SENATE RESOLUTION 139--COMMEMORATING THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACK ON THE ALFRED P. MURRAH FEDERAL BUILDING; Congressional Record Vol. 161, No. 55
(Senate - April 16, 2015)

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SENATE RESOLUTION 139--COMMEMORATING THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACK 
                ON THE ALFRED P. MURRAH FEDERAL BUILDING

  Mr. INHOFE (for himself and Mr. Lankford) submitted the following 
resolution; which was considered and agreed to:

                              S. Res. 139

       Whereas on April 19, 1995, at 9:02 a.m. central daylight 
     time, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the United States was 
     attacked in 1 of the worst terrorist attacks on United States 
     soil, which killed 168 people and injured more than 850 
     others;
       Whereas this dishonorable act of domestic terrorism 
     affected thousands of families and horrified millions of 
     people across the State of Oklahoma and the United States;
       Whereas the people of Oklahoma and the United States 
     responded to this tragedy through the remarkable efforts of 
     local, State, and Federal law enforcement, firefighters, and 
     emergency services, search and rescue teams from across the 
     United States, public and private medical personnel, and 
     thousands of volunteers from the community who saved lives, 
     assisted the injured and wounded, comforted the bereaved, and 
     provided meals and support to those who came to Oklahoma City 
     to help the those endangered and affected by that terrorist 
     act;
       Whereas the people of Oklahoma and the United States 
     pledged themselves to build and maintain a permanent national 
     memorial to remember those who were killed, those who 
     survived, and those changed forever;
       Whereas that pledge was fulfilled by creating the Oklahoma 
     City National Memorial, which draws hundreds of thousands of 
     visitors from around the world every year to the site of that 
     tragic event in United States history;
       Whereas the Oklahoma City National Memorial brings comfort, 
     strength, peace, hope, and serenity to the many visitors who 
     come to the memorial and the museum of the memorial each year 
     to remember and to learn; and
       Whereas the 20th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of 
     the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, 
     Oklahoma, is on April 19, 2015: Now, therefore, be it
       Resolved, That the Senate--
       (1) joins with the people of the United States in sending 
     best wishes and prayers to the families, friends, and 
     neighbors of the 168 people killed in the terrorist bombing 
     of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, 
     Oklahoma;
       (2) sends the best wishes and thoughts of Congress to those 
     injured in the bombing;
       (3) expresses the gratitude of Congress for the recovery of 
     those injured;
       (4) thanks the thousands of first responders, rescue 
     workers, medical personnel, and volunteers from the Oklahoma 
     City community and across the United States who answered the 
     call for help that April morning and in the days and weeks 
     that followed;
       (5) resolves to work with the people of the United States 
     to promote the goals and mission established by the Oklahoma 
     City National Memorial on the 20th anniversary of that 
     fateful day;
       (6) supports the resolve for the future, written on the 
     wall of the memorial, ``We come here to remember those who 
     were killed, those who survived, and those changed forever. 
     May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this 
     memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope, and 
     serenity.'';
       (7) congratulates the people of Oklahoma City for making 
     tremendous progress over the past 2 decades and demonstrating 
     their steadfast commitment to the ability of hope to triumph 
     over violence;
       (8) applauds the people of Oklahoma City as they continue 
     to persevere and to stand as a beacon to the rest of the 
     United States and the world attesting to the strength of 
     goodness in overcoming evil wherever it arises in our midst; 
     and
       (9) directs the Secretary of the Senate to transmit an 
     enrolled copy of this resolution to the Memorial Foundation, 
     as an expression of appreciation.

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