Thursday, 29 June, 2017

Republicans, Democrats Play Ball for 'Team Scalise'

Craig Ferguson | 17 June, 2017, 11:26

The annual GOP-Democrats baseball game raises money for charity.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) leaves during the House vote on continuing a resolution on a budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., April 28, 2017.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File).

Following a day that saw most congressional business cancelled, the House approved legislation offering health insurance tax credits to some veterans while committees pondered federal land management, cybersecurity and more.

Charles Schumer on Thursday joined a growing chorus of voices in Congress calling for a return to civility in the nation's politics after a gunman targeted congressmen at a GOP baseball practice.

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", said Dr. Jack Sava at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Scalise's body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Sava said. He arrived "in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Sava said, adding that now, "we are encouraged by improvement in his condition".

Scalise, a congressman from Louisiana who is the No. 3 House Republican, suffered injuries to internal organs, broken bones, and severe bleeding after being shot in the left hip on a baseball field where he and other lawmakers were practising for a charity baseball game. "The congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time".

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Scalise has remained under sedation, although doctors have lightened the medication at times so that the congressman can communicate with relatives. He said it is now hard to predict how long Scalise will need to remain in the hospital but they should have a better idea of that in the coming days.

Daily Caller's Kaitlan Collins reported that "Scalise has received multiple units of blood transfusion".

"We will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our Democracy, " President Donald Trump said in a videotaped message at the game.

Trump visited with Scalise's family at the Washington hospital treating him on Thursday night.

He says: "Steve in his own way may have brought some unity to our long-divided country". The FBI continues to process evidence in an effort to assess the potential motivations of the shooter, the agency said in a statement Friday.

As congressional Republicans and Democrats joined Thursday night in their annual baseball game, played this year in Scalise's honor, word came from the hospital that he remained in critical condition, but had "improved in the last 24 hours".

The president's meaning was unclear as he made the comments at an event on Cuba policy in Miami. Vice-president Mike Pence also visited the hospital.

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