Dems bridle as some in GOP blame shooting on the left

Dems bridle as some in GOP blame shooting on the left

Scalise was still in critical condition Thursday night after another surgery, "but has improved in the last 24 hours", according to a statement from the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

While the congressional baseball game is always played with a bipartisan spirit, this year, both Republicans and Democrats made sure that everyone knew they were on the same team - Team Scalise - on this particular night.

Lawmakers went ahead with the charity baseball game on Thursday to honor Scalise. The bullet entered his left hip and tore through his pelvis, breaking bones, injuring organs and causing severe bleeding. Vice President Mike Pence earlier on Thursday said he visited MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where Scalise was being treated.

It emerged Hodgkinson had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.

Scalise, 51, and four others were wounded when an IL man opened fire Wednesday morning on the team practice in Alexandria.

The Nationals and Washington, D.C., area residents also banded together to show support for the wounded and solidarity with Congress.

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. Unity was the theme of the spirited rivalry; Democrats won in an 11-2 blowout.

On Thursday, the hospital reiterated that Scalise will need more operations and will be in the hospital "for some time".

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"Many, many members have reported the same thing", said MacArthur, who was influential in moving a health overhaul bill through the House.

The shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, was killed by police Wednesday after firing dozens of bullets during the congressional practice session.

"We are grateful to Congress for thinking of Rep. Steve Scalise during this hard time and recognizing him by wearing LSU gear in support of his recovery", LSU President F. King Alexander said in a statement posted to the university's website. Richmond, D-New Orleans, has been a friend of the House Majority Whip's since they both served together in the Louisiana House of Representatives.

Americans shouldn't have to fear being victims of gun violence as they go about their lives and that includes sending their children to school, going to church, partying at a nightclub - or practicing hitting baseballs.

Hours after a shooting left five people injured on Wednesday, including Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, organizers announced that the game was on, saying that the best way to honor them was "to play the game as scheduled" at Nationals Park.

Shortly after the shooting, Bernie Sanders, the former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on the Senate floor that the shooter apparently was a volunteer for his campaign past year.

"Tonight, we're all Steve Scalise", Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader, said in a joint interview with House Speaker Paul Ryan on CNN. The popular and gregarious lawmaker is known for his love of baseball and handed out commemorative bats when he secured the job of House whip several years ago.

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