Congress: baseball game will go on after shooting at GOP practice

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Congress: baseball game will go on after shooting at GOP practice

As you’ve probably heard by now, 5 people were shot this morning at a baseball diamond in Virginia, where the Republican team was practicing for the annual congressional baseball game. We asked our Washington correspondent, Liz Ruskin to tell us what the day was like at the Capitol.

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Lori Townsend:”Hi Liz So, how was it today?”

Liz Ruskin: “Subdued, a little sad. Most if not all of the House members came to the chamber at noon. Speaker Ryan gave emotionally stirring speech and bipartisanship was on display. And then the House cancelled all events.
Business went on as usual in the Senate, but they took note several times, on the floor and in committees of the shootings.”

Lori: “Was the Alaska delegation affected?”

Liz: “Not directly. None is playing in the game tomorrow and they weren’t at the practice.
Sen. Sullivan’s spokesman, Mike Anderson said knows one of the shooting victims. They play basketball together. His name is Matt Mika. He’s a former House staffer, now a lobbyist for Tyson foods. Matt was shot in the chest and is probably the most serious case among the wounded.”

Lori: “How did the delegation react today?”

Liz: “Of course they all said their thoughts and prayers are on the victims, and there was a lot of gratitude for police. I caught up with Sen. Sullivan. He said it’s renewed his appreciation for the Capitol Police, and all police who put themselves in harm’s way.”

Lori : “Are they worried about their safety?”

Liz: “Already today there was talk of adding more security to protect members of Congress. Most don’t have security details. I talked to both senators today and they said they don’t feel unsafe or threatened and didn’t want extra security for themselves.
Sen. Murkowski walks to her Capitol Hill office most mornings, and as she put it, she doesn’t want to feel that she’s insulated from the public.
And she said she just might go to the ballgame tomorrow.”

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Published at Thu, 15 Jun 2017 02:03:12 +0000

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