Seeking Normalcy, Congress Heads Back to Work Day After Shooting

Rep. Davis on Scalise I thought he was gone

He said Republicans were on the field, shortly before the gunman began shooting at them.

Rep. Al GreenAl GreenScalise ally, a Dem, leads fight to boost lawmaker security Dem leaders: Cool it on impeachment GOP leaders are unified: Firing Mueller a bad idea MORE, a Houston Democrat who's been among President Trump's harshest critics, received death threats last month when he floated the idea of pushing to impeach the president.

James Hodgkinson, 66, wounded five people at the morning practice in Alexandria, Virginia, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, two Capitol Police officers, and a current and former Hill staffer. The gunman, who has not been identified, was shot by police who responded to the scene. But barbed comments weren't long in coming.

President Donald Trump spoke at the White House, saying Scalise's condition is more hard than initially thought. He called for replacing "the attacks of hateful personal politics and resistance" with respect. 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.

The California Democrat notes that she herself is now featured in millions of dollars of attack ads running in a Georgia House district where there's a hard-fought special election next week.

Republican leader Paul Ryan might be ready to give the same warning now to her.

"He's in some trouble", said Mr Trump, who visited late on Wednesday.

Before the shooting, Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., said he had asked Ryan about increasing budgets for members' offices so they can pay for more security.

The House sergeant-at-arms is also in touch with the Federal Election Commission about the possibility of allowing the use of campaign funds for security, Strong said.

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"I would argue that the president is at least - is partially - again, not in any way totally but partially to blame for demons that have been unleashed", said South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford in an interview on MSNBC.

Many lawmakers in both parties, as well as the president, called for unity after the shooting.

Democrats remain deeply upset about Trump's win and by his presidency, and frustrated over how to channel the energies of a restive and angry base.

Some Republican lawmakers blamed the shooting on vitriolic political rhetoric, particularly rising from the left in the era of Mr Trump.

Over social media he had lashed out at Mr Trump and the GOP.

"I think that should go both ways", Mrs. Sanders said. "Oh my gosh, mild compared to what they put on TV yesterday". "There's no other reason for what happened".

"There'll be a lot of emotion at this game", Doyle said. The House lurched back to business in a somber mood as law enforcement tracked the path the shooter traveled to his ballfield carnage.

Capitol Police have increased their presence at the stadium where the game will be played as well as at the Capitol itself. The incident seems to have brought about a unity of spirit. He said the best of America would shine at the congressional baseball game on Thursday night.

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