House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is improving, hospital says

WASHINGTON- House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) is slowly recovering following extensive medical treatment after having been shot in the hip, according to a statement released by Washington MedStar Hospital. 

“Congressman Steve Scalise continues to make good progress. He is now listed in fair condition and is beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation,” the hospital said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

Scalise last Wednesday was shot at a Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. A congressional aide, a lobbyist, and two U.S. Capitol Police officers assigned to protect Scalise also were shot.

Police killed the shooter.

During the past week Scalise has undergone several surgeries and blood transfusions.

The Congressman’s surgeon told reporters on Friday that the Congressman was steadily improving and could possibly be released within the next few weeks.

The Scalise shooting has reignited debate on Capitol Hill as to whether members of Congress receive sufficient protection.

Members are generally not entitled to a protective detail unless they are elected to a leadership position. However in some cases there has been a security detail for members who do not hold leadership positions, but it’s rare.

The United States Capitol Police are responsible for protecting all 535 lawmakers when Congress is in session but members generally do not receive protection when they return home.


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