The Senate passed a resolution on Wednesday condemning the shooting in South Carolina last week that left nine people dead. 
Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottGraham: Every Republican president or nominee 'will be accused of being a racist' Sanford calls for 'overdue conversation' on debt as he mulls Trump challenge The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet MORE (R-S.C.), in an emotional speech from the Senate floor, said that the "hateful and racist actions of one deranged man has changed nine families forever. It has changed South Carolina forever, Charleston forever." 
The Senate also held a nine-second moment of silence, a second for each person killed during the shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.  
Scott, who read the names of the nine victims on the floor, added that "it is with great sadness and amazing hope that our future as a nation has been changed. ... It has been changed because the response of those nine families has been so courageous, so inspiring." 
"I want to tell people in South Carolina, the Senate, we've got a lot of differences and we display them a lot. I wish you could have heard what was said to me and Tim," said Graham, who is running for president in 2016. "We have had our problems but we're still a family." 
Both senators praised the families of the nine victims, who expressed forgiveness for the alleged shooter, Dylann Roof, during a bond hearing last week.  
Graham added that "when it comes to representing South Carolina, Tim and I do our best, but on our best day we're nowhere close to these people."