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Steve Scalise Returns, Speaks on House Floor for First Time Since Shooting

Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise returns to House
Rep. Steve Scalise

House Republican whip, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) Thursday returned to the House floor for the first time since he was shot during a congressional baseball team practice three months ago.



A gunman opened fire on lawmakers as they practiced for the annual Congressional baseball Game in Virginia in June.

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Scalise tweeted Thursday “I’m back.”

Rep. Scalise told his cheering colleagues that he is a living example that miracles really do happen. “I am definitely a living example that miracles really do happen,” Scalise said as other beaming lawmakers surrounded him. “You have no idea how great this feels to be back at work at the People’s House,” he added.




The Louisiana congressman thanked everyone involved in saving his life including U.S. Capitol Police Officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and the doctors who performed multiple surgeries that helped him recover from his injuries.

While addressing his colleagues, Scalise said he received get-well wishes from world leaders including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, King Abdullah II of Jordan and British Prime Minister Theresa May. He said that was a sign that the U.S. Congress is important to the rest of the world.

“It changed me, but not in the ways you might think. It’s only strengthened my faith in God.”

“What it says is, sure they cared about my well being, but more than that, they saw this as an attack on all of us,” he said. “They saw this as an attack on the institution of our Congress and our government.”

“They know the United States being strong is critical to the rest of the world having the opportunity for freedom,” he added.




On his recovery, Rep. Scalise said it was the power of prayers that saw him through. “It starts with God. When I was laying out on that ball-field, the first thing I did… was I just started to pray,” he recalled.

“It changed me, but not in the ways you might think. It’s only strengthened my faith in God.”

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Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA) the House Minority Leader praised Scalise and welcomed him back to the House. “Thank God our prayers are answered. … We are all team Scalise,” she said.

President Trump welcomed the congressman back with a tweet Thursday and former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giiffords who was wounded by a gunman in 2011 also tweeted that Scalise “has a strength only survivors know.”

“@SteveScalise has a strength only survivors know. Welcome back to the people’s House. Your courage & resilience sends a powerful message,” she tweeted.

 

 

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