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Congressional Charity Baseball Game Final

17 June 2017

The House majority whip, Scalise underwent his third surgery on Thursday and remains in critical condition at a Washington hospital, officials said.

The business of the House was resuming a day after a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game, critically wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and hitting aides and Capitol police.

Scalise was rushed to MedStar Washington Hospital Center and was immediately taken into surgery.

The hospital where Rep. Steve Scalise is recuperating from a gunshot wound says he "remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours".

Trump, who visited Scalise at the hospital on Wednesday, said the congressman was "in some trouble but he's going to be okay, we hope".

A shooting on Wednesday morning that targeted members of Congress was not enough to stop them from playing in the annual Congressional baseball game on Thursday night.

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Though the game pegs Republicans against Democrats, attendees and participating lawmakers showed unity in wake of the shooting.

Almost 25,000 tickets were sold for the game and it was on track to raise more than $1 million, roughly double what it did a year ago, organizers said.

For the game, which began in 1909, members of the Senate and House of Representatives donned uniforms representing teams from their constituencies, and many topped them with hats from Louisiana State University, Scalise's alma mater, as a tribute.

Proceedings were canceled for the day in the House, and instead Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California issued their own calls for unity.

U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), who visited Scalise in the hospital Thursday, said that on a recent foreign trip he and Scalise took, 90 percent of their conversations were about the game. It is a rare and genuine opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to put their divisions aside and show those gathered in the stadium and watching across the USA, that they are not just politicians - they are people and players. The Democrats won handily, 11-2.

Hodgkinson, 66, was described in reports as a left-wing advocate who was distraught over the election and leadership of President Donald Trump.

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Bailey is a member of Congressman Steve Scalise's protective detail.

The game is a long-standing summer tradition in Washington, with teams of Republican and Democratic lawmakers competing on the ball field, even in present times, when fractious political debates are the norm. "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us", Ryan said, to prolonged applause.

Rep. Dwight Evans, a Democrat, and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, a Republican, represent districts in Pennsylvania. They were in good spirits despite the heat and humidity as they prepared for the congressional baseball match that pits Republicans against Democrats.

The charities are the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, Washington Literacy Centre, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and, after Wednesday's shooting, the Capitol Police Memorial Fund. That's more attendance than five of the twelve regular major league games played in Chicago, Cleveland, Detriot, Minnesota, and Oakland.

"A lot of people in Washington want to make things better", said the former Republican National Committee staffer who now works for a telecom trade association in Arlington, as he ate a sausage and sipped a beer.

"Were in town because we're tourists and I mean I heard about the shooting and I was like, 'Wow, it would be cool to come today to show support for the congressmen, '" said Otis Amick of Phoenix.

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"Steve is going to be on our minds, every minute of the game", Murphy said.