House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced that the Congressional Baseball Game will take place as planned on Thursday despite the shooting early Wednesday morning of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several others at a GOP practice in Alexandria, Virginia.
According to NBC News, Ryan drew a roaring, bipartisan applause when he announced during a House members meeting on Wednesday that the game was still on.
The game, a tradition in D.C. for nearly 100 years, sees members of Congress from both parties face off in a friendly competition. This year’s game will take place at Nationals Park in D.C.
Five people were injured and hospitalized in Wednesday’s mass shooting, including Louisiana Republican Steve Scalise, two Capitol Police officers, and an aide to Texas Republican Rep. Roger Williams. The gunman, identified as James Hodgkinson of Illinois, died due to injuries he sustained during the shooting, President Donald Trump announced in a statement from the White House on Wednesday.
The Huffington Post’s Matt Fuller also reported on Twitter that Ryan got “bipartisan standing ovations” on the House floor as he praised the two Capitol Police officers who were injured in the shooting.
Ryan said during the meeting: “My colleagues, there are so many memories from this day that we will want to forget. And there are so many images that we will not want to see again. But there is one image in particular that this House should keep — and that is a photo I saw this morning of our Democratic colleagues gathered in prayer this morning after hearing the news.”
“You know, every day we come here to test and to challenge each other. We feel so deeply about the things that we fight for and the things that we believe in,” he continued. “At times our emotions can clearly get the best of us. We’re all imperfect. … For all the noise and all the fury we are one family. These were our brothers and sisters in the line of fire.”
“Before this House returns to its business, let’s just slow down and reflect to think about how were all being tested right now. … I ask each of you to join me to resolve to come together, to lift each other up, and to show the country — to show the world— that we are one House, the people’s House, united in our humanity. It is that humanity which will win the day and it always will.”
Ryan concluded to a bipartisan standing ovation from both sides of the House.
“They are beautiful remarks, Mr. Speaker,” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “Thank you so much.”