House Majority Whip Steve Scalise to Return to Congress

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House majority whip Steve Scalise (R., La.) is expected to return to work in September when Congress reconvenes after the August recess concludes, according to Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves.

Scalise’s office has not made an official statement on his return, but have said that he is focused on in-patient rehabilitation.

“Right now, the whip is focused on his in-patient rehabilitation,” said Chris Bond, Scalise’s communications director. “We will issue updates on his progress and timing as appropriate, but there is no update to share at this time. He is very grateful for the continued prayers and support from folks throughout the country, and he’s looking forward to coming back to work once he is ready.”

His recovery has been long and complicated and has undergone multiple surgeries due to skeletal injuries, as well as soft-tissue damage.

Scalise was shot in the hip in June 2017 when a gunman who held strong anti-Republican views opened fire on a GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.

After the shooting, Scalise and four others were transported to hospitals in the area, Chief Brown of the Alexandria Police said today in a press conference.

The shooter was wounded in the exchange and is in custody. James Hodgkinson, an Illinois man, has been identified as the shooter. The 66-year-old man was a Bernie Sanders supporter and campaign volunteer. President Trump has said Hodgkinson is now dead.

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