Dems bridle as some in GOP blame shooting on the left

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But he will remain in the hospital for "a considerable period of time" and faces additional operations.

"Baseball is the American game, to be able to play it, and that's why we have to play this game tonight", said Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, who injured his ankle in the chaos Wednesday and will watch from the third-base coaching box.

Hunt said Scalise is in excellent hands with the trauma team at MedStar, but he stressed that a bullet from a high-powered rifle causes much more damage than one from a handgun.

Thus far in the history of the annual Congressional bipartisan baseball game for charity that pits Republicans vs. Democrats, the Republicans have won 39 games and the Democrats have won 39, making this years game a tiebreaker.

Congressional staff member, Zach Barth and the Tyson Food Director of Goverment Relations, Matt Mika were also injured in the shooting. Ivanka Trump, joined by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and her two eldest children Arabella and Joseph Kushner, presented a $50,000 check from "Friends in the Trump Administration" to "Congressional Sports for Charity" at the game.

"House Democrats praying for our House GOP [and] Senate GOP baseball colleagues after hearing about the horrific shooting", Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen, D-Nev., wrote on Twitter.

Republican Rep. Gregg Harper of MS gaveled in the session on Thursday, and Rep. Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania opened the morning speeches. Many on the Republican side were fresh from the horror of the ballfield shooting rampage a day earlier.

When the members of the Republican team were announced at Nationals Park, mention of Mr Scalise's name drew a standing ovation from the areas designated for Republican, Democrat and nonpartisan fans alike.

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At a press conference, President Trump says that wounded Scalise's condition is more hard than people first realized.

Scalise is still in critical condition at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, but an update Thursday indicated that his condition had improved after a second surgery.

The game is underway at Nationals Stadium on what seemed to be a warm but breezy day, where the crowd gave a standing ovation for Rep. Steve Scalise.

"Congressman Steve Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip".

Police special agent David Bailey, injured in the shooting Wednesday in an Alexandria, Va., park, threw out the ceremonial first ball after it was presented to him by Joe Torre, former manager of the New York Yankees.

Here's a look at some of the other moving tributes to Scalise and other scenes from Thursday night's game. "Trump said by playing the game "you are demonstrating to the world that we will not be intimidated" by threats, or acts of violence".

President Donald Trump delivered a message via video before the game.

Donald Trump said Steve Scalise, the majority whip who was shot when a gunman opened fire during a congressional Republican baseball practice, is in a "more difficult" condition than was initially realized.

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