The House late Tuesday afternoon held a moment of silence for the victims of natural disasters in southern states.

"I'm joined on the floor today by my colleagues from southern states," Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) said. "We have members from Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

"Together, families in our states have lost over 300 of their loved ones, and I ask that the House at this time join my colleagues and I in a moment of silence for these families and victims," he said. "Our thoughts and prayers go with them."