House votes to assist Capitol Police officers injured in baseball shooting


The House easily passed legislation on Monday to help Capitol Police officers injured in the shooting last month at the GOP baseball practice.

Reps. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), the managers of the Republican and Democratic baseball teams, authored the measure to amend existing regulations for the Capitol Police Memorial Fund that currently only allow donations to go to families of officers killed on the job.

Coincidentally, Monday is the anniversary of a shooting incident at the Capitol in 1998 that resulted in the deaths of two Capitol Police officers. The deaths of Officer Jacob Chestnut and Detective John Gibson led to the creation of the Capitol Police Memorial Fund to provide financial support for their families.


Last month, two members of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s (R-La.) security detail who were on hand at the baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., helped take down the shooter. Lawmakers have acknowledged that the scene likely would have turned into a massacre had Scalise not been present with his security detail assigned to him as a member of leadership.

Officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner both sustained injuries. Scalise is still recovering at MedStar Washington Hospital Center after being shot in the hip.

Under the bill, which passed by a voice vote, people would be able to donate to the Capitol Police Memorial Fund to help Bailey and Griner.

Barton said he expects the Senate to take up the bill as soon as Tuesday, so that it reaches President Trump’s desk by the end of this week.

“I watched Officer Bailey run past me directly at the shooter, risking his life, and two other Alexandria Police officers who had arrived on the scene assisted him. Officer Griner was wounded, but was giving covering fire and that’s when they brought down the shooter. They are heroes,” Barton said.

The annual Congressional Baseball Game raised $1.5 million for charity a day after the June 14 shooting. Organizers added the Capitol Police Memorial Fund to the list of this year’s beneficiaries, which originally included local charities like the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

Scalise has not been able to return to the Capitol to run the House GOP’s whip team. But he called into the weekly whip meeting on Monday in what one lawmaker in the room described as an “emotional” moment.



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