LA Rep. Scalise Upgraded To Fair Condition, U2’s Bono Meets With Wounded Congressman’s Staff

LA Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican congressman shot last week at a baseball practice is making good progress and has been upgraded to fair condition.
         That's the word from MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The hospital issued a statement on Wednesday saying Rep. Steve Scalise, 51, of Louisiana is "beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation."
         The Louisiana Republican has undergone several surgeries since he was shot last week. Scalise and other congressional Republicans were practicing for their annual charity baseball game against Democrats when a gunman started shooting. U.S. Capitol Police and other officers returned fire and killed the gunman.
         The Majority Whip was struck in the hip and the bullet shattered blood vessels, bones and internal organs along the way. Doctors said he had arrived at the hospital last Wednesday at imminent risk of death.
         House Speaker Paul Ryan says the congressman grievously injured in last week's shooting at a Republican baseball practice is "on the road to recovery" but it will take some time.
         Ryan made the comments to reporters Wednesday morning. Members of the House were wearing purple-and-gold fleur-de-lis lapel stickers, a familiar symbol in Louisiana.
         U2 lead singer Bono met with members of Rep. Steve Scalise's staff and signed a card wishing the congressman a speedy recovery.
         U2 performed in the Washington, D.C., area Tuesday night and Bono was at the Capitol on Wednesday, meeting with Republicans and Democrats. He was pressing for Congress to fully fund the foreign aid budget for next year despite deep cuts proposed by President Donald Trump.
         That's according to the statement from the One Campaign. Bono is a co-founder of the organization.

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