Posted: 11:16 am Thursday, September 28th, 2017
By Jamie Dupree
To thunderous ovations on the floor of the U.S. House, Majority Whip Steve Scalise thanked the police and fellow lawmakers who came to his aid after a gunman started shooting at Republicans gathered for a morning baseball practice earlier this year, telling his colleagues that he was a living example ‘that miracles really do happen.’
“You have no idea how great this feels to be back at work,” Scalise said, as he thanked his doctors, his family, and the police officers who returned fire, killing the shooter before he could go after more GOP lawmakers and aides.
“David, you are my hero,” Scalise said to Capitol Police officer David Bailey, who was watching from above in the gallery of the U.S. House.
“You saved my life,” Scalise said, looking vibrant and strong as he stood at the majority table on the House floor, though he clearly needed support to walk.
Rep. Steve Scalise thanks Capitol Police officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey for saving his life https://t.co/2Z3vwTaBTH
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) September 28, 2017
It was the first time that Scalise had been back to the House floor since being shot back on June 14, while practicing in Virginia for the annual Congressional Baseball game.
“To me, all I remember are the thousands of acts of kindness,” Scalise said, repeatedly thanking lawmakers in both parties for their outpouring of support.
Scalise rattled off names of world leaders who called him in the hospital, saying he was touched by what he received.
“They saw this as an attack on all of us,” Scalise said.
Rep. Steve Scalise on his return to Congress: "I'm definitely a living example that miracles really do happen" https://t.co/TopLMbrxy1
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 28, 2017
“God bless each and every one of you,” Scalise said, as support poured in from both sides of the political aisle.
Welcome back, @SteveScalise! It’s good to see you again. God bless you as you continue to heal.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) September 28, 2017
Admire the courage and conviction of @SteveScalise. Deeply moving to welcome my colleague back to the Floor this morning.
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) September 28, 2017
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.