Ryan, Pelosi back 'Team Scalise' at congressional baseball game

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Scalise, a popular and gregarious lawmaker, is known for his love of baseball and handed out commemorative baseball bats to fellow lawmakers when he secured the No. 3 job of House whip several years ago.

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais).

This was not about "the other", the shooter with a odd name and an allegiance to some foreign terrorist screed.

Sure wasn't expecting that on an early Wednesday morning.

Wednesday's jarring shooting of a top House Republican during a baseball practice both punctured the deep polarization in the nation's capital and provided an instant reminder that such moments tend to be fleeting.

"Any time we need anything, we go to Steve and he makes it happen", Abraham said.

The California Democrat notes that she herself is now featured in millions of dollars of attack ads running in a Georgia House district where there's a hard-fought special election next week. She said she was getting her daughter ready for school and then "all of a sudden there was gunfire in our neighborhood".

Pelosi also notes that President Donald Trump occasionally used violent language on the campaign trail.

Scalise, who was shot in the hip, was transported to MedStar Washington and underwent surgery.

You might not realize it, but almost all of Wisconsin's congressional delegation doesn't travel with their own security guards, and they plan to keep it that way - even after a shooting Wednesday, June 14th during a congressional baseball practice in Virginia. He said Scalise was conscious, answering questions, and asked for water. Trump said Scalise "was badly wounded and is now in stable condition".




In a brief interview in a Senate hallway, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "I think everybody handled it well and things seem to be under control". "He's in some trouble". "But if it can help bring things closer together and help us all work closer together, it's a awful way to do it".

He says: "Steve in his own way may have brought some unity to our long-divided country". "But to have a full detail following 535 people around would obviously cost prohibitive", Grothman said. When told the group was Republican, he opened up on the players with a rifle. Some 30 spectators watched the proceedings from the visitors' galleries. A woman walked up to a U.S. Capitol Police officer and gave him an extended hug. He called for replacing "the attacks of hateful personal politics and resistance" with respect.

After the shooting, Ryan tweeted his support for those injured by the shooting and those who helped respond. Video was shown of Congressmen of both parties leaving the hospital after checking on the wounded.

Hodgkinson was fatally shot Wednesday by two Capitol Hill Police officers assigned to protect Scalise. The shooter later died from his injuries.

In the Thursday interview, Ryan said he wanted to find more opportunities for Republicans and Democrats to "break bread" together.

The congressional baseball match pits Republicans against Democrats.

On a sad day for our country, one small piece of unterrible news is that Thursday night's Congressional Baseball Game is still on.

When the House convened briefly at noon, members filed in and took their seats.

Ryan hailed the bravery of the two members of the Capitol Police present and injured during the incident, saying that without them, "many lives would have been lost". "For eight years, I've been the catcher bantering with Steve Scalise when he comes up to bat a few times a game".

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