Republicans, Democrats Play Ball for 'Team Scalise'

Doctors Upgrade Rep. Scalise's Condition To 'Serious'

Rep. Steve Scalise's condition is upgraded to serious from critical

Senior US Republican congressman Steve Scalise is showing sign of improvement and is speaking with loved ones after being shot at a baseball game near Washington, DC last week.

"He sent a letter to leadership, then voiced his concerns to the Speaker during a meeting last week". I know that there are some people out there that look to target members of Congress and I accept that. U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), who visited Scalise in the hospital Thursday, said that on a recent foreign trip he and Scalise took, 90 percent of their conversations were about the game.

"Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" he asked.

Scalise, 51, was first elected in 2008. Among the attacks were voicemails threatening to lynch the black lawmaker.

There was also universal praise for the Capitol Police.

"We would not be here if it weren't for the incident", said Bill Hirzy, a retired EPA official who lives on Capitol Hill.

Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre presented the game ball to Capitol Police special agent David Bailey, who came out on the field on crutches after being injured in Wednesday's shooting, to throw out the first pitch to huge applause.

On Thursday evening the hospital announced that Scalise had another surgery related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg. Some have suggested using federal money to provide security cameras in their offices, while others spoke of a need for protection when groups of them appear in public. Yesterday a shooter attacked Republican lawmakers at their baseball practice.

Republican Steve King said in a brief interview that Democrats would be reminded of "positions they've taken in the past that are not consistent with their voice for bipartisanship today". "It's confusing", he said.

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Trump wasn't able to attend the event in person due to security protocols. Lawmakers are always targets, even when they are at campaign events, one member lamented. Scalise, a graduate of LSU and a passionate baseball fan, was well-known for his support of the Congressional Baseball Game.

"Had Steve been sick or exhausted or lazy and didn't go to practice, then you would have seen a full-fledged massacre", Richmond told a large gaggle of reporters just off the House floor.

Currently, the office allowance can not be used for home security.

But no final decisions were made.

The House used a voice vote Thursday to approve a resolution lauding the Capitol Police for protecting lawmakers and stating that "violence has no place" in society.

For Hodgkinson, a Bernie Sanders supporter, to fire a hail of bullets at Republicans is "despicable", Pelosi said.

Trump also adds, as he's said previously, that Scalise is "having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought" following the shooting Wednesday.

"I'll miss the banter with him back and forth", Richmond said of the heckling they usually exchange from opposing dugouts. "It's more than just a game, but this year, it has a little bit more of a serious meaning to it". Scalise was shot Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, .

So Young Pak, director of media relations at MedStar Washington Hospital Center where Scalise is being treated, gave no additional details about his condition. He's a great fighter, and he's going to be OK we hope. "That's why it's really important that we play". The Democratic side won in a blowout, but the game was played in Scalise's honor with lawmakers of both parties dressed in purple in recognition of Scalise's Louisiana State University affiliation.

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