Lawmakers, military leaders set to join President Obama at Fort Hood memorial

Lawmakers, military leaders set to join President Obama at Fort Hood memorial

President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaIntelligence for the days after President Trump leaves office Barack Obama sends Valentine's message to Michelle: 'She does get down to Motown' For 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love MORE, military leaders and a host of lawmakers are expected to attend Tuesday’s memorial service for the 13 victims slain in last week’s shooting rampage at an Army base.

The Army has offered to fly lawmakers to the service; as of press time, at least 15 Senate and House members had expressed interest. The passenger plane taking off from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Tuesday morning can fit 30 people.

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The service will include a roll call of the names of those killed and a 21-gun salute. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the Obamas will meet with victims’ families and the president will speak at the memorial to “a community obviously saddened and stricken by the events of last week.”

It is unclear how many lawmakers will attend the event, though sources said senators who had expressed interest in traveling through the military’s accommodation included Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers wait for Trump's next move on border deal Mark Kelly launches Senate bid in Arizona MORE (R-Ariz.), Carl LevinCarl Milton LevinListen, learn and lead: Congressional newcomers should leave the extremist tactics at home House Democrats poised to set a dangerous precedent with president’s tax returns The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — White House to 'temporarily reinstate' Acosta's press pass after judge issues order | Graham to take over Judiciary panel | Hand recount for Florida Senate race MORE (D-Mich.), Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears Drama hits Senate Intel panel’s Russia inquiry Cohen to testify before three congressional panels before going to prison MORE (R-N.C.), James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeOn The Money: Trump to sign border deal, declare emergency to build wall | Senate passes funding bill, House to follow | Dems promise challenge to emergency declaration Trump to sign border deal, declare national emergency Foreign Affairs chairman: US military intervention in Venezuela 'not an option' MORE (R-Okla.), John CornynJohn CornynPoll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week How the border deal came together MORE (R-Texas), Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderCongress must move forward on measure dealing with fentanyl GOP advances rules change to speed up confirmation of Trump nominees Key doctors group faces political risks on guns MORE (R-Tenn.), Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenVirginia scandals pit Democrats against themselves and their message The Hill's Morning Report — Will Ralph Northam survive? Identity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination MORE (D-Minn.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharNewsom endorses Kamala Harris for president Pollster says current 2020 surveys like picking best picture Oscar before movies come out O’Rourke heading to Wisconsin amid 2020 speculation MORE (D-Minn.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedPapering over climate change impacts is indefensible Why Democrats are pushing for a new nuclear policy GOP chairman: US military may have to intervene in Venezuela if Russia does MORE (D-R.I.).

Some senators may also make the trip on their own, including Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) and Mark UdallMark Emery UdallGardner gets latest Democratic challenge from former state senator Setting the record straight about No Labels Trump calls Kavanaugh accusations ‘totally political’ MORE (D-Colo.), according to a source familiar with the planning for the event.

The Senate is in session Tuesday and is considering the 2010 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill.

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Reid will ask for a moment of silence when the Senate convenes on Tuesday .

The House is not in session this week and it is unclear how many lawmakers from that chamber will attend the event. Those expressing interest included Reps. Tom PetriThomas (Tom) Evert PetriBreak the cycle of partisanship with infant, child health care programs Combine healthcare and tax reform to bring out the best in both Overnight Tech: Internet lobby criticizes GOP privacy bill | Apple sees security requests for user data skyrocket | Airbnb beefs up lobbying MORE (R-Wis.), Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeFive takeaways from acting AG's fiery House hearing Democrat to acting AG: 'We are not joking here' Whitaker takes grilling from House lawmakers MORE (D-Texas), Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerOn The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week How the border deal came together Winners and losers in the border security deal MORE (R-Texas), John Carter (R-Texas), Sam JohnsonSamuel (Sam) Robert JohnsonTexas New Members 2019 Many authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress May brings key primaries across nation MORE (R-Texas) and Betty McCollum (D-Minn.).

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of shooting to death 12 soldiers and a civilian at Fort Hood and injuring at least 30 others, is conscious and able to talk, according to several media reports on Monday. Authorities say he fired more than 100 rounds Thursday at a soldier-processing center before being shot by civilian police.

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“This murderous attack should be examined from every angle to make sure nothing like this occurs again,” Lieberman said. “While we in no way will interfere with the Army’s or FBI’s criminal investigations, the committee will be conducting an investigation into what Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s motives were, whether the government missed warning signs that should have led to expulsion and what lessons we can learn to prevent such future attacks.”

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Premature speculation about the causes of the Fort Hood shooting could cause a backlash against Muslim soldiers, Casey, the Army chief of staff, said on several Sunday morning shows. Casey said no one should rush to judgment about the shooter’s reported anti-American views.

“The speculation could potentially heighten the backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers,” he told ABC’s “This Week.”

As horrific as the shooting was, “it would be an even greater tragedy if our diversity became a casualty here,” he warned.

Casey said investigators believe Hasan was the only shooter involved.

Sam Youngman contributed to this report.