Wounded lawmaker gets standing ovation in return to House
By Bob Fredericks
Emotional return for Louisiana Republican Steve Scalise who was shot in June
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise made an emotional return to Capitol Hill Thursday just over three months after he was gunned down by a madman during a practice for the annual Congressional baseball game.
Scalise, using crutches, hobbled to his seat on the House floor about 11 a.m. to a sustained wave of applause and loud hoots and cheers from his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
"Wow. You have no idea how great this feels to be back here at work in the people's house," an emotional Scalise told his fellow lawmakers as they gave him a prolonged standing ovation.
"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, Jennifer and I have been overwhelmed with all of that outpouring. It's given us the strength to get through all of this and to get to this point today," he said, referring to his wife.
Scalise, a man of deep faith, credited God -- and the Capitol police who shot and killed the attacker as well as a congressman who applied a tourniquet to his wounded leg -- for his survival and recovery.
"When I was laying out on that ball field, the first thing I did once I was down and I couldn't move anymore, is I just started to pray. And I will tell you, it gave me an unbelievable sense of calm knowing that at that point it was in God's hands," he said.