United States lawmakers show unity after shooting of colleague
16 June 2017, 06:15 | Virginia Benson
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Lawmakers gather together and pray.
Somber and shaken members of Congress walked through the halls of the United States Capitol Wednesday after a gunman went on a shooting rampage targeting Republican lawmakers at an early morning bipartisan baseball practice at a nearby Virginia field.
Scalise is now in stable condition at MedStar Washington Hospital after being shot in the hip.
Unsurprisingly, Ryan's comments here drew a standing ovation from the House members on both sides of the aisle.
President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, visited with Scalise late Wednesday. "You can imagine, all the people on the field scatter". The people's House-united in our humanity'. Price wouldn't answer yes or no.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is lashing out at "sanctimonious" Republicans - including some in Congress - who are suggesting vitriolic political rhetoric from the left may be partially to blame for the shooting that wounded GOP Congressman Steve Scalise.
Outside Washington, the venom was flowing too.
Scalise endorsed President Trump during last year's presidential campaign, and has been a vocal backer of Trump's travel ban.
Sen. Mike Lee told Fox News, however, the gunman was killed. "There's no other reason for what happened. And you have to say Alexandria is a crystal clear result of all these lies".
Republicans were preparing for Thursday's annual game, where they will face off against Democrats in an event that provides a year's worth of bragging rights on Capitol Hill, and that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity.
"We are all praying for those who were attacked and for their families", Ryan said, reading the names of Scalise, the congressional staffer, the lobbyist, and two Capitol Police officers who are all in the hospital now.
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, grew emotional as he described what he saw to reporters when he returned to the House. Collins apologized, but several Democrats didn't appear to be in an accepting mood Thursday.
Ryan lauded Democrats for gathering in prayer after hearing the news of the shooting, saying although there's many images lawmakers will want to forget from this day, that's one they should keep.
But Mrs. Pelosi did say a majority of the problem comes from the outside sources like cable television.
She said Republicans acting as if they are not contributors to the problem is ridiculous. "And, Steve, I want you to know that you have the prayers of not only an entire city behind you, but the entire nation - and frankly the entire world".
He noted in an apparent reference to Trump that "I never had confrontations and fights at my rallies".
"We don't need to point fingers", Richmond said, "but it starts at the top".
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