Republicans, Democrats Play Ball for 'Team Scalise'

  • Republicans, Democrats Play Ball for 'Team Scalise'

Republicans, Democrats Play Ball for 'Team Scalise'

The investigation is continuing, but it appears from his social-media postings and accounts from people who knew him that Hodgkinson had strong feelings against President Donald Trump. But he recorded a message that played at the top of the game, paying tribute to Rep. Steve Scalise, who remains in critical condition following a shooting attack on the Republicans practicing for the game Wednesday morning. Two police officers were injured; the shooter, James Hodgkinson, later died.

The annual tradition of the game took on new significance after a gunman shot Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and four others at a Wednesday practice for the game in Alexandria, Va.

Trump struck exactly the right tone. "Their sacrifice makes democracy possible".

Now, hailed as a hero, coaches, and teachers remember Griner from her early years at Hebron High School in Ellicott City, before she went on to play basketball at Hood College in Frederick.

Across the Potomac River in Washington, the shocking events left the Capitol horrified and stunned, and prompted immediate reflection on the current hostility and vitriol in American politics.

Members of the U.S. Capitol Police engaged in a shootout with the assailant on Wednesday, and lawmakers said their presence probably prevented many deaths.

The 66-year-old suspect from Belleville, Illinois, was a volunteer for Senator Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign but whether he was politically motivated is still unclear, investigators said.

Following a day that saw most congressional business canceled, the House approved legislation offering health insurance tax credits to some veterans while committees pondered federal land management, cybersecurity and more. An unprecedented amount of tickets have been sold - roughly 500 per hour - with an expected $1 million raised from the purchases, said Roll Call.

Scalise, the House majority whip, was one of five people shot when a gunman opened fire Wednesday as the Republican team practiced in Alexandria, Virginia.

When the members of the Republican team were announced at Nationals Park, mention of Scalise's name drew a standing ovation from the areas designated for Republican, Democrat and nonpartisan fans alike.

The annual Congressional Baseball Game pits Republicans against Democrats, but this year the focus has turned to showing unity in the wake of the shooting. The FBI believes Hodgkinson had moved from IL to Alexandria in recent months, and was living in his vehicle.

Duncan is now the only SC lawmaker on the team.

Instead of playing second base in Nationals Park, the congressman is in the hospital. "This is clearly a deranged individual", Republican Rep.

"One of the things I think we need to look at is what they have available for them should something like this happen in the future", Conaway said. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at the practice. Steve Scalise, the majority whip of the House of Representatives, was among them.

"The security detail saved a lot of lives", he said. Barton said his son, Jack, got under an SUV.

Police in Hodgkinson's hometown in southern IL knew the gunman, only from a history of misdemeanor crimes.

"He underwent another surgery today, but continues to show signs of improvement", it said. Republicans have won 39, and they tied once. The man thanked him.

Later, the crowd burst into applause as Capitol Police officer David Bailey - who was injured as he pursued the shooter - hobbled to the mound on crutches and tossed the ceremonial first pitch. A spokesperson for MedStar Washington Hospital Center also could not be reached.

Members of Congress and the event's organizers chose to continue with the game anyways.