The House reconvened shortly after noon on Wednesday, coming together in the wake of Wednesday’s shooting at the Republicans’ congressional baseball practice, with an impassioned Speaker Paul D. Ryan stating, “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”
House members on both sides of the aisle stood and cheered at the words, still reeling from the attack at a practice field in Alexandria, Virginia, that injured Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Capitol Police officers Krystal Griner and David Bailey, Zack Barth, a staffer for Texas Rep. Roger Williams, and Matt Mika, a former Hill staffer and current director of government relations for Tyson Foods.
“My colleagues, there are very strong emotions throughout this House today. We are all horrified by this dreadful attack on our friends and our colleagues and those who serve to protect this Capital,” Ryan said after calling the House to order and leading members in the Pledge of Allegiance.
“Many lives would have been lost” had it not been for two Capitol police officers present at the congressional baseball practice, the Wisconsin Republican continued.
“There are so many memories from this day that we will want to forget,” Ryan said, adding that there were “so many images we will not want to see again.”
Ryan: ‘An Attack on One of Us is An Attack on All of Us’
One memory that should be kept, the speaker said, is one of his Democratic colleagues joining in prayer for Republican members at their own practice Wednesday morning in northeast Washington.
In a show of solidarity, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on the floor after Ryan’s address: “I identify with the remarks of the speaker.”
The California Democrat said she would be asking for updates on Scalise’s condition “every five minutes.”
“Everytime I pray, which is very frequently … I pray for all of you,” Pelosi said.
The minority leader said she also prays that Donald Trump’s presidency is successful and that his family remains safe.
“It’s an injury in the family,” Pelosi said of the shooting.
“We cannot let that be a victory for the assailant,” she said, encouraging the game to go on. “We will use this occasion as one that will bring us together.”
The 56th annual Congressional Baseball Game is scheduled for Thursday in Washington’s Nationals Park.