Emergency Surgery: Steve Scalise In Critical Condition After Virginia Shooting

Claudine Rigal
Juin 16, 2017

"If we don't play this baseball game and we go home, then they win", said Rep. Roger Williams, (R) Texas. "It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican, nor if you're a senator or a representative, nor a staffer or a sworn officer", Giffords wrote.

The hospital where Rep. Steve Scalise is recovering after being shot says the congressman remains in critical condition and will require several more operations.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). According to both congressional and law enforcement sources, the shooting appears to be a "deliberate attack". President Trump released a statement about the shooting this morning: "The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely".

The suspect was believed to be in custody and victims were being rushed to the hospital, Alexandria police said in tweets. Over social media he had lashed out at President Donald Trump and the GOP. He added that at least two officers fired at the gunman.

Capitol Hill security was dramatically tightened after a gunman stormed the U.S. Capitol in 1998 and shot two Capitol Police officers.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

The business of the House is resuming a day after a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game. The popular annual GOP-Democrats baseball face-off, which raises money for charity, will go forward as planned Thursday evening and a big crowd is expected.

UPS spokeswoman Susan Rosenberg said the company has marshaled additional drivers, loaders and management from other facilities to help with the backlog.

Trump and his wife, Melania, visited with Scalise late Wednesday. "He's going to be OK".

Republican members of Congress made their way back Wednesday morning to the Capitol still in the baseball clothes they'd been wearing when gunfire broke out at their practice field in a Virginia suburb.

The plaintiffs argue they have standing to sue because the clause says only Congress may approve foreign gifts and payments. The Capitol's usual partisan combativeness, though not absent, was less pointed than usual, and warm words were exchanged between some lawmakers with starkly opposing political philosophies.

"I was in a lucky spot", he told MSNBC. "But you have long since earned my respect, and you deserve to be heard, and you are an honorable individual". Giffords said in a statement that she was "heartbroken" for Scalise and the other victims.

The lobbying effort and a related hearing were canceled in the aftermath of the shooting. They never hesitated to put their lives on the line to save everyone. It's a sentiment lawmakers frequently express after mass shootings or terrorist attacks, only to see their sharp oratorical elbows gradually return.

Still, finger-pointing lingered as some on each side suggested the other had contributed more to the disparaging broadsides they've increasingly aimed at each other.

"There are no D's and R's behind our names today", Rep. Joe Crowley, a Democrat from NY, said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., discussed the issue during a meeting last week, according to aides familiar with the talks, and there is now a sense of urgency to make a decision soon.

Today, the security service employs more than 1,700 officers who patrol the Capitol grounds and provide protective services to high-ranking lawmakers and their families.

Matthew R. Verderosa, chief of U.S. Capitol Police, told the House Appropriations Committee last month that at the request of House and Senate lawmakers, his agency had interacted 184 times so far this year with local police agencies about providing security at public events. "Probably the scariest thing I've lived through but, you know, thank the Lord for all the prayers and thoughts I've received", he said on "New Day".

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