(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker John Boehner led the House of Representatives in a moment of silence on the House floor this afternoon, “in honor of [U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris] Stevens and American personnel killed in Libya.”
Boehner called the attack “a jolting reminder that freedom remains under siege by forces around the globe who relish violence over free expression and terror over democracy.”
The silence lasted 16 seconds and occurred during the first vote series today, when the chamber was packed with lawmakers.
According to his spokesman, Boehner ordered flags over the United States Capitol be flown at half-staff in honor of Stevens and American personnel killed yesterday in Benghazi, Libya.
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio