WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) delivered the following remarks today on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding Governor Haley Barbour’s proclamation declaring April 27, 2010 as a Day of Prayer.

“Governor Haley Barbour has proclaimed today as a Day of Prayer in my home state of Mississippi to remember Mississippians who suffered devastating losses of life and property in Saturday’s horrific tornadoes, and those families who lost loved ones in last week’s oil rig explosion.

“One of the tornadoes was an EF4 that left a path of destruction across Mississippi. Communities have come together to comfort families, clear debris and accumulate what possessions could be found.

“Equally, Mississippians are experiencing grief in reaction to the drilling incident in the Gulf of Mexico. As neighbors and families mourn, we are reminded of the character of Mississippians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

“Today, I join folks from across Mississippi in praying for those families affected. I commend Governor Haley Barbour for his leadership and for appropriately designating today as a Day of Prayer.

“Though tragic, neither of these events will break the spirit of Mississippi and her people. Our people will persevere.”

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