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Steve Scalise remains in critical condition, undergoes third surgery

20 Juin 2017

Congressman Steve Scalise can hope to make an "excellent recovery", his trauma surgeon said Friday, even though the lawmaker arrived at the hospital Wednesday at imminent risk of death after getting shot at a congressional baseball practice. Four others were wounded.

The shooting has raised questions about lawmakers' security, renewed the nation's contentious debate over guns and drawn new attention to the harsh rhetoric that reflects America's political polarization.

Congress is a contentious place, and the battles between Republicans and Democrats have never been more fierce than in the eight years under President Barack Obama and the early days of Trump's presidency.

"It's a great night out", Payne said, recalling a night when President Barack Obama showed up and bought beer later for both teams.

Outside Washington, the venom was flowing too.

Cramer's comments echoed others by House members of both parties Thursday. "There's no other reason for what happened".

The House sergeant-at-arms is also in touch with the Federal Election Commission about the possibility of allowing the use of campaign funds for security, Strong said. "And you have to say Alexandria is a crystal clear result of all these lies". 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. Senator Chris Murphy will be playing catcher for the Democrats.

With Thursday's game, Democrats have won 40 of the contests over the years.

"He often reaches out on legislation and on a personal level to try to do things socially", Pallone said of Barton.

While it's anyone's guess how long the camaraderie continues, Republicans and Democrats have been making efforts to come together following Wednesday's shooting. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi today did offer one suggestion.

"Steve is a wonderful friend he's been a wonderful mentor not only to me, not only to the Louisiana delegation to which he's a member of but to the entire Republican congress" said Rep. Ralph Abraham.

He noted in an apparent reference to Trump that "I never had confrontations and fights at my rallies".

"That was tough for me", Duncan said.

"We are joined together in unity and we will be out there in force tonight to, you know, demonstrate that this is not going to set us back but that we have to move forward", said DeLauro.

Aguilar plays outfield for the Democratic team; before the shooting, Scalise was slated to play second base for the Republicans. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, passed the Senate. The bill was a bipartisan slap at Trump as it seeks to punish Russian Federation for interfering in the USA elections and for Moscow's involvement in Ukraine and Syria.

"We would not be here if it weren't for the incident", said Bill Hirzy, a retired EPA official who lives on Capitol Hill. "We are all on the same team".

Texas Rep. Roger Williams said that one of his aides, Zack Barth, was shot but was doing well and expected to fully recover.

From the stands, Vince Wetzel, a resident of Sacramento, California, who is visiting Washington and made a decision to take in the game, said, "It's just a good call to put aside political differences and just play some baseball". "U-S-A!" as the game began.

"Look, I signed up for this but my 3-year-old didn't and our families didn't", Richmond added.

Steve Scalise remains in critical condition, undergoes third surgery