A ballgame of unity, spirit, friendly rivalry, won by Dems
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 2:14
Republican Rep. Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee scored in the first inning, enjoying a different sort of adrenaline than the one he experienced Wednesday when he passed by the shooter over bloodied ground to take shelter in a dugout - confessing later that "the fear factor was horrific". The House plans to move on Wednesday to extend highway and transit programs for three months. Five people were injured, including second baseman and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who is still in critical condition.
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. Thompson offered his appreciation for the bravery of the U.S. Capitol Police.
Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector who had been living out of his van near the park, had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration. Hodgkinson died after he was shot by Capitol security officers. The FBI continues to process evidence in an effort to assess the potential motivations of the shooter, the agency said in a statement Friday.
So far, investigators have not linked Hodgkinson to any radical groups, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.
In the course of Thursday night's charity game, which drew a record attendance to Nationals Park, MedStar hospital issued a new update on Scalise's condition, saying that the lawmaker "remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours. And Scalise was a state representative around the same time", DuBos said.
"I apologize for any contribution I may have caused", Graves said.
Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, arrived at the hospital via helicopter in shock, with intense internal bleeding and "an imminent risk of death", Sava said.
"We've got to look at the rules", House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters, noting that he and others have been working through questions about whether it's appropriate to have members use their taxpayer funded "MRA" which stands for "Member's Representational Allowance" for security costs.
Earlier Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan paid a visit to his injured colleague, who faces the prospect of a lengthy hospitalization after getting shot in the hip at a baseball practice by a deranged man with grudges against Trump and the GOP. "He's going to be OK". Wounded Capitol Police officer David Bailey limped onto the pitcher's mound in crutches to throw the first pitch. Griner remains hospitalized at MedStar Hospital after getting shot in the ankle, and Sava described her in good condition.
Following a day that saw most congressional business canceled, the House approved legislation offering health insurance tax credits to some veterans while committees pondered federal land management, cybersecurity and more.
"We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip", Brooks said. "But you have long since earned my respect, and you deserve to be heard, and you are an honorable individual".
Salva said the single rifle shot fragmented after it struck Scalise, doing substantial damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels.
"Right now the country is more divided in their political ideology than any other demographic or characteristic, and yesterday it showed", said Holly Spease, a Republican spectator from Tennessee, who wore a T-shirt with an elephant on it.
Garrett Graves said Scalise has friends in both political parties.