Congress seeks normalcy, heads back to work after shooting


"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said of the treatment of Scalise, the No. 3 GOP leader, who is in critical condition at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. "He's in some trouble, but he is a great fighter and he is going to be OK, we hope".

Speaking before Central American leaders at a prosperity and security conference organized by the State Department and Homeland Security Department here, Pence said he and President Donald Trump were "deeply saddened" when they received the news Wednesday.

He says: "Steve in his own way may have brought some unity to our long-divided country".

"I was fresh off of surgery, but they made more plays than we made previous year", Richmond told reporters.

MedSTAR hospital has not issued an update on Scalise's condition last night when they said he was in critical but stable condition. He called for replacing "the attacks of hateful personal politics and resistance" with respect.

"I mean, I've only been in Congress for 10 years and I've had two of my friends shot", Murphy added.

Cleaver says members have been standing united after Wednesday's shooting and he hopes it will continue.

Law enforcement officials also said they are continuing to investigate Hodgkinson and "his activities and social media impressions in the months leading up to yesterday's incident".

"I am relieved to learn that the injured, including Whip Scalise, will be okay and I thank God for the quick actions of the Capitol Hill Police officers", Young said in a statement.

But Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, criticized some Republicans who have blamed the shooting on vitriol from the political left.

Republican Rep. Gregg Harper of MS gaveled in the session on Thursday, and Rep. Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania opened the morning speeches.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Tim Slater declined to comment on whether the gunman had a "vendetta" against Republicans.

It all happened during practice at this field for an annual charity baseball game Thursday.

The Congressional Baseball Game was scheduled to go forward at Nationals Park with additional security.

Hodgkinson's apparent Facebook page included strong criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., offered his thoughts and prayers after the shooting and endorsed the decision to play ball.

The GOP lawmakers' team was taking batting practice when gunshots rang out and chaos erupted.

Scalise, 51, and three others were wounded when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois opened fire on the Republican lawmakers.

"There are no D's and R's behind our names today", Rep. Joe Crowley, a Democrat from NY, said.

Texas Rep. Mike Conaway described what sounded like an explosion, then lawmakers scattering off the field as police roamed in search of the gunman and engaged him.