House votes to thank Capitol Police for saving lawmakers in baseball shooting

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The House adopted a resolution on Thursday to thank the Capitol Police officers who helped fend off a gunman attacking GOP lawmakers at their baseball practice the day before.

The resolution, approved by voice vote, also expresses “hope for a full recovery for the injured.” Four people were shot by the gunman, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.); Zack Barth, a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas); a lobbyist; and two Capitol Police officers.

It “reaffirms that an attack on any member of Congress is an attack on every member, on the institution, and on the very principle of representative democracy; and stands firm in its belief that violence has no place in a pluralistic society where differences are settled through debate, ballots, and a legislative process, which rests at the bedrock of our representative democracy.”

Joe Novotny, a House reading clerk, read aloud the resolution in monotone, as is typical when reciting legislative text during floor consideration. 

{mosads}But in an unusual display after what typically gets little to no reaction, lawmakers jumped to their feet in a standing ovation after Novotny finished reading aloud.

The three Capitol Police officers present at the baseball practice — Crystal Griner, David Bailey and Henry Cabrera — were assigned to Scalise’s leadership security detail.

If Scalise and his security detail hadn’t been there, lawmakers have acknowledged that the attack could have turned into a massacre.

The resolution “expresses its appreciation for the daily courage and dedication of the United States Capitol Police who protect the Capitol grounds, members of Congress, and the public, to whom the Capitol belongs.”

Republicans and Democrats will face off in the annual Congressional Baseball Game later Thursday evening.

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