As rescue and recovery efforts ramped up Tuesday in Oklahoma, flags were lowered to half staff in the nation's capital.
There was a moment of silence in the Senate, and at the White House President Obama made a promise to victims in the storm zone.
"As a nation, our full focus right now is on the urgent work of rescue, and the hard work of recovery and rebuilding that lies ahead," he said.
The president sent the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to Oklahoma to personally oversee search, rescue and recovery efforts.
House Speaker John Boehner promised to work with the White House and became emotional when talking about fellow Congressman Tom Cole.
"Moore, Oklahoma is his hometown. so obviously he is there," Boehner said.
But after the emotions of the day have passed a government struggling to cut costs will have to pay for yet another mega-disaster.