Steve Scalise

Brooks Defends Replica Military Badge He Received
Alabama Senate opponent says veterans complained to him

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., is facing criticism from a Republican primary opponent and Iraq War veteran for wearing a replica military badge on his jacket lapel. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Mo Brooks responded Wednesday to criticism by a 2018 Republican challenger for wearing what appeared to be a military pin on his jacket lapel even though Brooks has not served in the military.

Brooks told Roll Call Wednesday the badge, which is a replica and not U.S.-issued, was given to him by a constituent, decorated Vietnam War veteran Col. John Reitzell, for aiding two wounded victims of the shooting at the Republican baseball practice in Alexandria in June where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others were shot.

Granger Says No Town Halls Because of ‘So Many Threats’
Texas political scientists says members have a right to be concerned

Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, said she will not hold town hall events because of threats. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

At the Races: Trump State Organizers Start Running
Challengers target blue-state lawmakers

Corey Stewart, who last year chaired President Donald Trump’s campaign in Virginia and ran for governor unsuccessfully this year, is running for the Senate seat of Democrat Tim Kaine. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images file photo)

Two men who chaired President Donald Trump’s campaigns in states he lost last year are jumping into Senate races there. 

Corey Stewart, former chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign in Virginia, on Thursday became the first Republican to announce a challenge to Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running mate last year.

Scalise Condition Upgraded to Fair
MedStar: ‘He is in fair condition, and will require careful monitoring’

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., gives a thumbs up as he arrives for the meeting with President Donald Trump and the House Republican Conference in the Capitol on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s condition was upgraded to fair after he underwent surgery Thursday to manage a deep tissue infection he developed from his bullet wounds after being shot last month during Republicans’ congressional baseball practice.

“Today, he underwent surgery for the management of deep tissue infection related to his bullet wounds,” MedStar Washington Hospital said in a statement Thursday. “He is in fair condition, and will require careful monitoring to see if and when further interventions are necessary.”

FEC Votes to Allow Campaign Cash for Security
House members could use funds for “nonstructural” security systems

Capitol Police have investigated more threats to members of Congress this year than they did in all of last year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Federal Election Commission on Thursday approved by voice vote a request to allow House members to use campaign contributions for certain types of security.

The action by the five commission members follows the shooting at a Republican baseball practice last month, in which House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was wounded, along with four others. 

FEC Could Allow Campaign Funds for Security
Proposal would grant allowance for residential security systems

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Lawmakers could soon use campaign contributions to for security, according to a draft advisory opinion released by the Federal Elections Commission. 

The proposal would grant a blanket allowance for members of congress to use campaign funds to install or upgrade residential security systems, as long as the primary purpose is not to increase the value of the members’ homes. 

Scalise Undergoes Surgery for Infection
Brooks says full recovery could take ‘about a year or two’

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., remained in serious condition after undergoing surgery for an infection on Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo file photo)

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise underwent surgery to manage an infection after being readmitted to the intensive care unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

“He tolerated the procedure well,” the hospital said in a statement, adding that Scalise remains in serious condition.

Word on the Hill: We-Won’t-Wait Week
Scalise’s security agents honored, and voter registration legislation

Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner threw out the first pitch at the Congressional Women's Softball Game last month. On Tuesday, she received an award from the Sons of the American Revolution. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

This week is a week of action for We Won’t Wait, a coalition working for the rights of women of color, low-income women and immigrant women. The group, which calls for an inclusive economic agenda, is organizing events across the country while Congress is out of session.

Some lawmakers are participating. Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., on Sunday is slated to attend the Las Vegas “resistance block party,” which aims to help people engage their elected officials. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., attended the launch event for Michigan United’s new Universal Family Care campaign in Downriver, Mich., on Monday.

Scalise Readmitted to ICU Amid Concerns Over Infection
First downgrade in majority whip’s condition since baseball shooting

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was readmitted to the intensive care unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Wednesday amid new concerns about infection. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise has been readmitted to the intensive care unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and is in serious condition amid new concerns for infection, the hospital said in a statement Wednesday night.

The update marks the first time the hospital has downgraded the Lousiana Republican’s condition since he was shot in the hip during the GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, three weeks ago.

How House Leaders Spend Independence Day Recess
McCarthy, Hoyer attend Capitol Fourth concert, Ryan participates in parades back home

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Speaker Paul D. Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, pictured prepping for the 2017 inauguration, are spending most of the Independence Day recess in their districts. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The No. 2 House Republican and Democratic leaders spent Independence Day in Washington at the Capitol Fourth celebration, while the top House leaders were participating in parades and spending time with family.

Speaker Paul D. Ryan participated in two parades this July Fourth, in Oak Creek and Franklin in Wisconsin, and he will be touring local businesses in his 1st District over the next couple of days, his spokesman Brendan Buck said.