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 ObamaThe Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary George Conway: 'If Barack Obama had done this' Republicans would be 'out for blood' George Conway to take part in MSNBC impeachment hearing coverage 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.


First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaBudowsky: A Biden-Michelle Obama ticket in 2020? Bloomberg threatens to shake up 2020 primary The Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg looks to upend Democratic race MORE will be attending the service with her husband, who will deliver a speech. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey and Army Secretary John McHugh also are expected to be present for the service, scheduled for 1 p.m. Central Standard Time.

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 McCain2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary Defending their honor as we hear their testimony MORE (R-Ariz.), Carl LevinCarl Milton LevinRemembering leaders who put country above party Strange bedfellows oppose the filibuster Listen, learn and lead: Congressional newcomers should leave the extremist tactics at home MORE (D-Mich.), Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Graham: Senate trial 'must expose the whistleblower' GOP chairman says Senate impeachment trial could last 6-8 weeks MORE (R-N.C.), James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Eleven GOP senators sign open letter backing Sessions's comeback bid MORE (R-Okla.), John CornynJohn CornynGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Overnight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Senate GOP waves Trump off early motion to dismiss impeachment charges MORE (R-Texas), Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderPelosi aide hopeful White House will support drug-pricing bill despite criticism Overnight Energy: BLM staff face choice of relocation or resignation as agency moves | Trump says he's 'very much into climate' | EPA rule would expand limits on scientific studies Juan Williams: Republicans flee Trump MORE (R-Tenn.), Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenTake Trump literally and seriously in Minnesota Ninth woman accuses Al Franken of inappropriate contact Al Franken to host SiriusXM radio show MORE (D-Minn.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHillicon Valley: Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal | Facebook reports millions of post takedowns | Microsoft shakes up privacy debate | Disney plus tops 10M sign-ups in first day Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal Google sparks new privacy fears over health care data MORE (D-Minn.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedIt's time for Congress to establish a national mental health crisis number America's avengers deserve an advocate Democrats unifying against Joe Kennedy Senate bid 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 UdallDemocrats will win back the Senate majority in 2020, all thanks to President Trump Poll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy 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.

Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidThe Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary Bottom Line Lobbying world MORE (D-Nev.) said early Monday evening that he hoped to hold votes on the bill on Tuesday, but indicated a number of senators would be in Texas for the Fort Hood service.

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 PetriKeep our elections free and fair Break the cycle of partisanship with infant, child health care programs Combine healthcare and tax reform to bring out the best in both MORE (R-Wis.), Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeConsequential GOP class of 1994 all but disappears Video of Greta Thunberg crossing paths with Trump at UN goes viral Lewandowski: House testimony shows I'd be 'a fighter' in the Senate MORE (D-Texas), Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerCongress hunts for path out of spending stalemate This week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Lawmakers dismiss fresh fears of another government shutdown MORE (R-Texas), John Carter (R-Texas), Sam JohnsonSamuel (Sam) Robert Johnson Retirees should say 'no thanks' to Romney's Social Security plan Lobbying world Social Security is approaching crisis territory 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.

Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and ranking member Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsLawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Senate GOP waves Trump off early motion to dismiss impeachment charges GOP senators warn against Trump firing intelligence community official MORE (R-Maine) formally announced on Monday that their panel will be conducting an investigation into the shooting beginning with a public hearing next week.

“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.”


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.