Congress plays baseball for charity one day after shooting

Congress plays baseball for charity one day after shooting

Congress plays baseball for charity one day after shooting

When gunfire erupted Wednesday as Rep. Steve Scalise played second base in a practice baseball game, one of the shots tore through his pelvis.

Republicans and Democrats are fighting for bragging rights in their annual Congressional Baseball game, and doing so as one unit - Team Scalise.

The game was a blowout with the Democratic team winning 11-2.

"And as I was getting into the vehicle with one of my colleagues ... there was a guy that walked up to us that was asking whether there was Republicans or Democrats out there", he said during the interview. WKBW reports Rep. Collins intends to have armed police officers at all of his public events going forward, and he also plans to carry his own firearm with him as well. Steve Scalise is in leadership and that's the only reason there was security detail there at all. The hospital says Scalise "will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time".

"You see some of the evidence about the shooter coming out and his politics - his politics were his religion", Davis said of 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville.

Hodgkinson - an IL 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.

"By playing tonight you will show the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence or assaults on our democracy", he said.

Both sides depicted the event as a unifying experience.

The game, a charity match between teams of Democrats and Republicans played almost every year since 1909, usually draws about 10,000.

Republican Rep. Gregg Harper of MS gaveled in the session on Thursday, and Rep. Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania opened the morning speeches.

He confessed later that "the fear factor was horrific".

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U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, who suffered minor injuries in the shooting, estimated "there could have easily been 25 deaths or more". House appropriators are also examining that possibility, according to one committee aide. Both had appeared on the House floor earlier.

"It's about Republicans and Democrats".

Baseball cards handed out as fans entered the park identified the players' partisan voting percentages.

Jennifer Scalise says in a statement that the family is "especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from Louisiana and across the country".

Still, the divide was good-natured for once.

The political parties play against each another.

And as lawmakers discussed increasing security, House Speaker Paul Ryan urged them to come together following in the incident.

The game, which dates to 1909 and is a summertime tradition on Capitol Hill, is a rare example of bipartisanship in an increasingly polarized Washington.

"The Congressional Baseball Game has never been about Republicans against Democrats", said Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-C.A., in an opinion piece he wrote for CNN. "Over the last century the Congressional Baseball Game's popularity has contributed to its evolution into a fundraiser for worthy and effective DC area charities including The Washington Literacy Center, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation". On Thursday night, almost 25,000 were in attendance at Nationals Park, the stadium of the Washington Nationals.

In his first at bat, Murphy, who has played in every congressional game since his election to Congress in 2007, calmly took four balls without a swing and walked.

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