Steve Scalise Speaks on House Floor for First Time Since Shooting
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) addressed his colleagues on the House floor this morning for the first time since he was shot more than three months ago.
The House Majority Whip was severely injured June 14 when a gunman opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers as they practiced for the annual Congressional Baseball Game on a field in Virginia.
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— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) September 28, 2017
"You have no idea how great this feels to be back at work at the People's House," Scalise said after an extended standing ovation.
Scalise thanked the people who saved 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.
Scalise is set to address the shooting and his recovery in a "60 Minutes" interview this weekend.
"They did a phenomenal job of ... rebuilding Humpty Dumpty," Scalise told CBS News, explaining that doctors had to literally piece him "back together."
The shooter, James Hodgkinson, was killed by police at the scene after intentionally targeting the Republican members.
Scalise credited the "power of prayer" for seeing him through the ordeal.
"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.
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) then praised Scalise and welcomed him back to the chamber.
"Thank God our prayers are answered. ... We are all team Scalise," she said.
Watch his remarks above.