Congressional baseball practice picks up while 2017 victim still recovers
WASHINGTON, D.C. – United States lawmakers hit the baseball diamond Wednesday for the first time since a shooter ambushed the Republican team’s practice in 2017.
The shooter left six people hospitalized and House Majority whip Steve Scalise was one of them.
Scalise was not in attendance at practice on Wednesday because he is still in recovery.
Representative Joe Barton read a statement from Scalise to kick off the season.
“The whole country is watching with pride as we come together and prove that one act of madness will not deter the spirit of camaraderie and philanthropy that had made this such a strong tradition in Congress. Play Ball! Steve Scalise." Barton read.
Security was fully staffed and on high alert while the team practiced.
The Congressional Charity baseball game is on June 14th.