Dems Win Congressional Baseball Game, Give Trophy to Republican Steve Scalise

Steve Scalise was upgraded from "critical" to "serious condition" Saturday and continued to show signs of improvement after he was wounded in a shooting at a Republican baseball practice outside Washington. He later died of his injuries, Trump told the nation from the White House.

Even before the shooting, Speaker Paul Ryan and Pelosi had begun talking about changes that could improve members' safety, said Ryan's spokeswoman, AshLee Strong.

The shooting at a baseball field that critically wounded a Republican congressman and injured several others is forcing lawmakers to ask what more should be done to ensure the safety of themselves and their staff.

"They saved a lot of lives", the president said.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, 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".

The House Republican baseball team had been practicing for weeks in early mornings at the Alexandria site for Thursday's annual congressional baseball game against Democratic lawmakers' team. Clyburn charged that Trump "is allowed to hide behind political correctness to say all kinds of things about people, and I'm a little bit sick and exhausted of people saying anything they want to say about anyone they want to say it about".

Trump wasn't able to attend the event in person due to security protocols.

"We started giving him the liquids, I put pressure on his wound in his hip", Brooks said. "And because of him, and the tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring - he's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought - our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

Democrats remain deeply upset about Trump's win and by his presidency, and frustrated over how to channel the energies of a restive and angry base. Republicans have won 39, and they tied once.

The game at Nationals Park carried on a century-old bipartisan ritual, this one tinged with worry about Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and the players' determination to answer the attack by coming together in sport. Investigators are still studying James T. Hodgkinson's social media profile and activities leading up to the attack.

"We will not give in to fear, violence or hate", Aguilar said. But unlike some other Republicans he was reluctant to assign blame for what happened on Wednesday. On Thursday House proceedings were to resume as usual, and lawmakers were returning to the Capitol in search of some semblance of normalcy.

"I've obviously noticed a very different tone, but I don't think it's helpful" to blame one side or the other, Cramer said. This is something they've been doing now for more than one hundred years. Many seemed genuinely saddened to have reached a point where partisanship has overwhelmed politics, bringing routine legislating to a virtual standstill and all but eliminating any hope for significant bipartisan accomplishments.

The Congressional Baseball Game for Charity confirmed the milestone on Facebook.

  • Julie Sanders