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Steve Scalise returns to Congress for first time since shooting

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Scalese returnes to Congress

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, seriously wounded by a gunman's bullet in June, returned to Congress in a surprise appearance during a House vote Thursday.

It was Scalise's first time in the Capitol since he took a bullet to the hip while practicing with the Republican congressional baseball team in Alexandria, Va. The shot shattered bone and tore through muscles and organs, leaving Scalise on the brink of death.

But after months of treatment and steady recovery, Scalise made his first journey from the hospital to the Hill. Tearful lawmakers from both sides of the aisle greeted him with a standing ovation as he addressed the House floor.

"You have no idea how great this feels to be back here in the people's House," Scalise told the chamber. "The last three-and-a-half months have been a pretty challenging time for me and my family. But if you look at the outpouring of love, of warmth, of prayer — my gosh! — we've been overwhelmed. And it's given us the strength to get through all this."



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