WASHINGTON, D.C. – Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R)-La returned to the House floor in the State Capitol today three months after being struck in the hip by a bullet. Scalise made his first appearance on the floor since a gunman opened fire on a republican v. democrat baseball practice in nearby Alexandra, Virginia this past June. Members of the house greeted Scalise with a standing ovation, many shaking hands, and giving thanks.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan welcomed Scalise to the floor by saying, “our prayers have been answered.” In Scalise’s address to the house he described what took place at that June baseball practice, thanking his wife and family for their support, U.S. Capitol Police who came to their defense and the physicians that helped them recover.
Scalise concluded this sentiments by expressing his outlook on the support he received from members on both sides of the isle, stating:
“So many others of you, both republican and democrat, reached out in ways, I can’t express the gratitude – how much it means to me, Jennifer and our whole family. It really does show the warm side of congress that very few people get to see. And so, I want to thank each and every one of you for that you don’t know how much it meant to me and when I come back into the Chamber today and see all of the faces here today, it just means more to me than you can imagine, so thanks for that love and that support.”