Congressional leaders ordered the flags at the U.S. Capitol lowered to half-staff to honor the five victims of last week's shooting rampage in Chattanooga, Tenn. -- but no such order has come from President Obama, as the White House flag continues to fly Tuesday morning at full staff.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement that as Congress returned to session on Tuesday, the flags were lowered for the Navy sailor and four Marines killed.
"Last week, five brave service members were murdered in a terror attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Out of respect for their courageous service and sacrifice to our nation, flags at the U.S. Capitol are being lowered to half-staff," Boehner said in a statement.
The House will also observe a moment of silence Tuesday evening for the victims.
McConnell said, "[T]he U.S. Senate's thoughts are with their families and loved ones, and with all those who protect us here, and around the world."
So far, the White House has not ordered its flags to be lowered.
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