US lawmaker Scalise improving after baseball field shooting

FILE - In this March 8, 2017 file photo, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.

"They saved the lives of our Members of Congress and prevented that dark day from becoming a tragedy beyond imagination".

"America has rejected the Cuban people's oppressors", Mr Trump said in a crowded, sweltering auditorium.

Graves, like Scalise, is a Republican from the southern state of Louisiana.

"Steve just has one of those personalities that is very attractive", Graves said.

"We want to make sure people are secure, and people feel secure in the process". Thompson offered his appreciation for the bravery of the U.S. Capitol Police.

Now lawmakers can only use money from campaign accounts to cover security if they have had threats posed against them.

It is one of the most anticipated events of summer at the Capitol, with Democrats and Republicans splitting the 79 games that have been played over the years 39-39, with one tie.

President Donald Trump then made a statement on the giant screen.

The vice president also sought prayers for Rep. Steve Scalise and a Capitol Police officer who was shot Wednesday while defending Scalise and Republican colleagues from a shooter as they practiced for an annual charity baseball game Thursday night. Politico reported Thursday that a lobbyist for Tyson Foods who was also shot Wednesday, Matt Mika, remains in critical condition and will require additional surgeries, his family said Thursday.

Scalise represents a conservative district in Louisiana.

Mr Trump described his move as an effort to ramp up pressure to create a "free Cuba" after more than half a century of communism.

Scalise praised Trump for announcing on June 1 that the United States would pull out of the Paris climate change agreement.

Henry Waxman is a Democrat and a former Congressman. He once served with Scalise on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

"Right now the country is more divided in their political ideology than any other demographic or characteristic, and yesterday it showed", said Holly Spease, a Republican spectator from Tennessee, who wore a T-shirt with an elephant on it. For Waxman, his grandchildren. The two would show off photographs of "their kids" on the floor of the House of Representatives, Waxman said.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said in a brief interview that Democrats would be reminded of "positions they've taken in the past that are not consistent with their voice for bipartisanship today". "It's about Republicans and Democrats".

"Verbal attacks" and divisions have reached "unhealthy levels in government", he added.

Cedric Richmond is another Louisiana congressman. He considers Scalise a close friend.

"Don't get me wrong", Richmond said. "But he's a great fighter and he's going to be ok, we hope". "But when we're done fighting about the issues we try to find ways we can work together".

The team of Democrats and Republicans holds an annual softball game against female journalists.

The business of the House is resuming a day after a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game. Bailey was one of two officers injured in the shooting.

President Donald Trump shared a message Thursday night prior to the Congressional Baseball game at Nationals Park, saying the fact that the game was still being played was sending a message to the world "that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence, or assaults on our democracy".

If Scalise did not suffer nerve damage and his recovery continues without any complications, "it is possible that within three months or so, he can.be back on his feet", said Dr. Alex Jahangir, an orthopedic trauma surgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who was not involved in Scalise's care. George Grow was the editor.

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