House Majority Whip Steve Scalise arrived on the House floor for the first time after being shot during a congressional baseball game. Scalise entered on crutches with a beaming smile and was met with a standing ovation, pats on the back, and hugs from his colleagues.
It was the Lousiana congressman’s first time back to work at the U.S. Capitol since the June 14 shooting.
“As you can imagine, these last three and a half months have been pretty challenging times for me and my family, but if you look at the outpouring of love, of warmth, of prayer — my gosh, [my wife] Jennifer and I have been overwhelmed with all of that outpouring,” Scalise said while addressing his House colleagues. “It’s given us the strength to get through all of this and to get to this point today.”…
Scalise said the shooting changed him “but not in the ways you might think.”
“It’s only strengthened my faith in God, and it’s really crystallized what shows up as the goodness in people,” Scalise said. “I got to see that goodness in people and so while some people might focus on a tragic event and an evil act, to me, all I remember are the thousands of acts of kindness and love and warmth that came out of this and kept me going through all of it and again, just re-emphasized just how wonderful most people are and how much compassion there is out there.”
Scalise thanked the two U.S. Capitol police offices –- Crystal Griner and David Bailey –- who were assigned to his security detail that day and fired back at the shooter even though they had also been injured.
“David, you are my hero, you saved my life. Thank you so much,” Scalise said, as representatives gave Bailey, who was in the audience, a standing ovation.
“So many others of you, again, both Republican and Democrat, reached out in ways that I can’t express the gratitude and how much it means to me, Jennifer and our whole family,” Scalise said. “It really does show the warm side of Congress that very few people get to see.”…
Before addressing the House, Scalise tweeted “I’m back” this morning, along with a photo. ABCNews
Video: Scalise receives standing ovation, high-fives upon return to Congress