Steve Scalise Has 'Improved in Last 24 Hours,' Remains in Critical Condition

Ross Houston
June 17, 2017

Doyle gave the winning trophy back to the Republicans to put in Scalise's office.

U.S. politicians are playing in a charity baseball game a day after a shooting - as they practised - wounded a top Republican and three others.

President Trump urged Americans on Thursday to pray for Rep. Steve Scalise as he fights for life a day after being shot on a baseball field. After accepting it gracefully, Barton cracked, "Next year we won't be so nice". Hodgkinson was eventually killed by Capitol police.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday, adding he also visited the wounded Capitol Police officer at the hospital. "The game will go on", he said.

"A lot of times in politics we have divisions but it shouldn't come to violence", he said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi had been discussing "protocol and resources for members' safety" even before the attack, said a Ryan spokeswoman, AshLee Strong.

Representative Cedric Richmond wrote a letter to the Republican leadership outlining his concerns that security for lawmakers was not stringent enough, and is continuing to push for better security detail for lawmakers in the aftermath of the shooting. "I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two or three days ago". "That was humbling in a way".

Scalise is spending his second day at MedSTAR Washington Hospital where another surgery is expected.

The lawmakers took the field with many wearing hats to honor Scalise. He wore a purple boot. A congressional staffer, Zach Barth, was shot in the leg; he was released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon, the Post reports. Both had appeared on the House floor earlier.

Sue Hodgkinson told reporters outside her IL home Thursday that she was busy with her job and didn't know a lot about what her husband, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, did between January and March. That lasted until the end of the seven-inning game.

The running tally of results has Republicans and Democrats both at 39 wins, 39 losses and one tie.

Media captionWhy is this Republican and Democrat on the road together? Baseball cards handed out as fans entered the park identified the players' partisan voting percentages. Still, the divide was good-natured, for once.

"An excellent recovery is a good possibility", Sava said.

She said Republican vitriol and caricatures of her had resulted in "calls to my home constantly, threats in front of my family, really predicated on their comments and their paid ads".

About 13 hours after the shooting on Wednesday, the hospital announced that Scalise had been shot in his left hip by a rifle and that "the bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding", the hospital said in a statement Wednesday. Bailey hobbled out to the pitcher's mound Thursday to a standing ovation to throw the opening pitch of the Congressional baseball game. The event raised more than than $1 million for local charities, double what it did the year before, spokeswoman Meredith Raimondi said.

The charities are the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, Washington Literacy Centre, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and, after Wednesday's shooting, the Capitol Police Memorial Fund.

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