Congressional Charity Baseball Game Final

Olive Rios
June 26, 2017

Scalise was an enthusiastic participant in the ballgame - in 2015 he posted pictures from the many times he played in the competition against the Democrats' team. She said the organization would continue pushing for gun-friendly legislation at the state and federal level, arguing that new gun-control measures are not the answer.

Investigators said in a statement that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has searched the van, which was parked not far from the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field where Wednesday's shooting took place.

One of the Capitol Police officers injured in Wednesday's shooting has thrown out the first pitch at the congressional baseball game - to thunderous applause.

On Capitol Hill on Thursday, members of Congress tried to remain optimistic about Scalise's condition. "And thank God he wasn't a very good shot", said Representative Joe Barton, the Republican team's manager.

"How dare they?" responded Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, citing a year of venomous talk from Donald Trump - as well as attacks on her in a special House race in Georgia. "He asked me who was practicing this morning, Republicans or Democrats, and I said: 'That's the Republicans practicing, '" Duncan told reporters.

"How dare they say such a thing".

"The members of Congress, the staff and the volunteers who were out at practice this morning care deeply about the causes they play to benefit", game organizers said in a statement released Wednesday.

"This sick individual does something despicable and it was terrible what he did, hateful, but for them to all of a sudden be sanctimonious as if they've never seen such a thing before - and I don't even want to go into the president of the United States, in terms of some of the language that he has used".

Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., is among lawmakers who have received death threats in recent months. The offices of both senators - Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth - turned over the emails to Capitol Police and declined to offer specifics about their content.

"There is so much you do that I disagree with", House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, a staunch conservative, told his panel's top Democrat, unwavering liberal Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.

"We've got to carry this on just, you know, beyond today", Hurd said about the bipartisanship that has come up since the shooting. He said some 15 officers attended a May town-hall meeting where many in the angry crowd blamed him for helping to revive the GOP's health care bill.

"I would argue that the president is at least - is partially - again, not in any way totally but partially to blame for demons that have been unleashed", said South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford in an interview on MSNBC.

The Democrats' star player is Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), who played college baseball at Morehouse College.

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.

"It's another reminder that we need to be prepared and we need to stay vigilant and always alert and aware of our surroundings", he said. "I will be carrying when I'm out and about".

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