Last year, however, Democrats lost the game 8-7, ending a seven-game winning streak that mostly coincided with Richmond joining the Democratic side.
Proceedings were canceled for the day in the House, and instead Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California issued their own calls for unity.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). Yesterday a shooter attacked Republican lawmakers at their baseball practice.
Republicans and Democrats have swapped political insults for friendly rivalry at their annual congressional baseball game in honour of House of Representatives politician Steve Scalise, critically injured in a shooting rampage.
“Predicting the length of his hospital stay is hard today”, said Dr. Jack Sava with MedStar Washington Hospital said. Scalise is being treated for a gunshot wound to his hip.
For now, Scalise remains in critical condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit.
It’s an elected post, voted on by House members themselves. Will you update us on his condition? Infection also is a risk, especially if the intestines were perforated.
Scalise has endured at least three surgeries since a gunman shot him at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., as he practiced for the annual congressional baseball game. In the immediate aftermath Wednesday the extent of his injuries was not widely known.
The boost in ticket sales and sponsors following the Wednesday attack has doubled what the game brought in previous year. That includes – when the bullet entered, it traveled across his pelvis. Once it has lodged in bone or muscle, “it’s not going to do anything”.
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Doctors “fully expect him to walk”, Sava said, “and hopefully run”. “I’m not just talking about the general, ‘I hope you die, ‘ ‘I hope you get cancer.’ We’re all getting those, too, but some of those are more threatening, and you have to take those seriously”.
The congressman’s risk of death was now substantially lower, because doctors have controlled the bleeding, and his vital signs have stabilised.
Sava said Scalise would need to undergo an additional operation within the next 48 hours and more beyond that.
The shooter was identified as James T. Hodgkinson, a 66-year-old home inspector from IL.
“By playing tonight we are showing the world that we will not be intimidated by threats, acts of violence or assaults on our democracy”, said President Donald Trump, appearing on the park’s giant screen but not attending. Investigators are still studying James T. Hodgkinson’s social media profile and activities leading up to the attack.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she favors more money for the U.S. Capitol Police, which is seeking an 8 percent increase to almost $427 million for next year.
Hodgkinson contacted both of his state’s Democratic senators frequently, always through email links on their websites, spokesmen said Friday.
Brooks tells CNN that he was contacted by Capitol Police and told his name and office number were on the list.
Underscoring the day’s mood, the Rev. Patrick Conroy, the House chaplain, opened the day by seeking divine forgiveness “when we seem to forget that words matter and can become seeds that will bring bitter harvest”. Congressional aide Zack Barth, Tysons Food lobbyist Matt Mika and Capitol Police Officer David Bailey were also shot in the attack, but have since been released from the hospital.