Scalise ‘Resting Comfortably’ and in Fair Condition After Surgery

Timetable for House majority whip’s return to Hill uncertain

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., underwent a planned surgery on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The timetable for his return to the Capitol is unclear. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was “resting comfortably” and in fair condition on Wednesday after a planned surgery in Washington, D.C., hospital officials reported.

The Louisiana Republican will likely remain in the hospital for several days before continuing his recovery at home, according to a press release from MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where doctors performed the operation.

The timetable for Scalise’s return to the Capitol is unclear, though he indicated on Tuesday before the surgery that he would at least be working from bed soon after the operation.

“I will remain fully engaged in my work as I heal from this procedure,” Scalise said in a statement. “I look forward to returning to the Capitol as soon as I can within the coming weeks.”

Scalise missed more than three months last year after a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers in Alexandria, Virginia, on the eve of the annual Congressional Baseball Game.

Scalise suffered severe internal organ damage when a bullet tore through his hip as he fled to right field.

He returned to Congress in a wheelchair in September but had been seen walking around the Capitol on crutches in the weeks leading up to his surgery Wednesday.

“I have been fortunate to make tremendous progress in my healing from last June’s shooting,” Scalise said in the statement Tuesday. “I am incredibly humbled by the outpouring of support and prayers I have received from friends and neighbors in southeast Louisiana, my colleagues in Congress, and wonderful people from all across the country.”

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