'Scalise took a bullet for all of us'

Capitol Police Called Heroes for Taking Down Gunman

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".

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. After accepting it gracefully, Barton cracked, "Next year we won't be so nice".

In the statement, Scalise thanks Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner, who shot the suspected gunman despite both being injured themselves.

But the focus shifted after Scalise and four others were injured Wednesday when a gunman fired on the GOP congressional baseball team's early morning practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

Richmond said he looks forward to the game each year as an opportunity to further his friendly rivalry with Scalise, or, as he put it, "a chance to really go after each other on the field". He said he still loves baseball and enjoys suiting up, but he conceded that the Republican team "has a lot faster kids in the outfield these days". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) kicked off the game together.

Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, who was at the baseball practice when the shooting happened, said one of the lessons lawmakers learned from the shooting of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in 2011 was to consult closely with local law enforcement.

Describing themselves as "much tougher" and "resilient" after the attack that united them in the way only survivors of mass shootings know too well, members separated themselves from yesterday's tragedies and zoned in on the game.

"We will not give in to fear, violence or hate", Aguilar said. "That was humbling in a way".

The scene along the first-base line dugout, where the Republican team gathered before the game, was a who's who of GOP political stars.

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All took a knee but Rep. Roger Williams (R-Tex.), on crutches after hurting his ankle diving for cover. He wore a purple boot.

The Capitol Police budget is scrutinized annually by House and Senate appropriations subcommittees overseeing the legislative branch, and ultimately has to be approved by both chambers of Congress and signed by the president.

The deciding factor will probably be Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., who may be the best to have ever played in the game. That lasted until the end of the seven-inning game. "We love you." Lewis led a House floor Democratic sit-in a year ago when Republicans refused to consider gun control legislation.

The Capitol Police Memorial Fund's addition to the list is crucial because Capitol Police are responsible for guarding Congress and its members. Still, the divide was good-natured, for once. But she said Republicans and conservatives blaming Democratic actions and comments for Wednesday's shooting "sanctimonious", noting that she's often the subject of rhetorically harsh ads from the political right. "What we're trying to do is tone down the rhetoric, lead by example, and show people that we can disagree with one another".

Scalise sustained injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding after being shot in his left hip on Wednesday morning on a baseball field in a Washington suburb.

US Congressman Steve Scalise at a press conference in Washington, DC, June 13, 2017.

Hodgkinson was fatally shot Wednesday by two Capitol Hill Police officers assigned to protect Scalise.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred offered his thoughts and prayers after the shooting and endorsed the decision to play ball.

"Out of everything that we've bantered back and forth about, the baseball game is probably the biggest", Richmond said. It's a tradition that dates back more than a hundred years. Republicans have won 39, and they tied once. And I believe C-SPAN is going to televise the game.

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