Congressman Steve Scalise returns to capitol hill after being shot and says he was saved by the power of prayer.
Majority Whip Steve Scalise made a surprise and triumphant return last week to the floor of the House of Representatives, for the first time since he was badly wounded in the June mass shooting at a congressional baseball practice.
Colleagues erupted in applause and gave Scalise a standing ovation as he entered the chamber on crutches, wearing a dark suit and a striped red tie. Colleagues embraced him as he walked to the podium, where he delivered a first-hand and emotional telling of the journey that brought him back to Washington these past three months.
Scalise told his colleagues, “It starts with God,”, recalling how when he was laying on the ball field that day and unable to move, “I just started praying.”
Adding, “Pretty much every one of those prayers were answered,” “He really did deliver for me and my family, and it just gives you that renewed faith and understanding that the power of prayer is just something that you cannot underestimate.” “I’m definitely a living example that miracles really do happen.”
Scalise praised the heroic actions of the Capitol Police officers on the scene who helped take down the shooter and save lives. He concluded with a reminder to a body that is often sharply divided that it’s important to “rise above” their challenges.
The Louisiana Republican has spent more than three months in recovery, first undergoing multiple surgeries followed by extensive rehabilitation at an in-patient facility. But he now says….I’m back