Bono signs card for Scalise during Capitol Hill visit
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Bono is bringing his well wishes for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise straight to Capitol Hill, as he signed a card for the wounded Louisiana Republican Wednesday while meeting with top lawmakers.

The U2 frontman met with House GOP leaders Wednesday afternoon in the ceremonial Speaker’s office, just off the House floor. Among the lawmakers the politically active singer huddled with: Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump clash ahead: Ron DeSantis positions himself as GOP's future in a direct-mail piece Cutting critical family support won't solve the labor crisis Juan Williams: Trump's GOP descends into farce MORE (Wisc.), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersHouse committee approves slate of bills to improve telecom security Equilibrium/ Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — West Coast wildfires drive East Coast air quality alerts House passes bill requiring EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water MORE (Wash.). The lawmakers’ offices would not comment on the focus of the star-studded meeting.

Earlier in the day, Bono met with Scalise’s staff in the injured congressman’s office. The majority whip was one of five people wounded during a shooting last week at the GOP team’s practice in Alexandria, Va., for the annual Congressional Baseball Game.

Bono, 57, was eyed signing a card for Scalise, who was upgraded to “fair” condition by hospital officials on Wednesday.

Bono, who performed at a U2 concert in Washington on Tuesday night, said during the show that he was “so grateful” Scalise and others “made it through.”

“We hold them up as love holds us all up,” Bono told the crowd.


Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia next week Here's evidence the Senate confirmation process is broken MORE (R-Texas) was overheard Wednesday gushing about the concert, remarking that it was heavily attended “by 40-year-olds.”

The ONE campaign, an anti-poverty organization Bono co-founded, said in a statement that he was "meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers from both chambers about fully funding the International Affairs account in the FY18 budget."

The Irish-born entertainer is a frequent visitor to the Capitol, testifying last year at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on violent extremism and the role of foreign assistance.

The “With or Without You” singer, who was critical of President Trump leading up to the 2016 presidential election — telling a virtual version of him "You're fired" during concerts — met with Vice President Pence in February. A vocal proponent of the fight against AIDS, Bono shared an exchange with Pence about the 2003 passage of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and its 2008 renewal, for which the then-Indiana congressman had advocated.

Last month, Bono met with former President George W. Bush to discuss their advocacy efforts combating disease and poverty in Africa through programs such as the Bush Center, One Campaign, and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Following the meeting, Bush tweeted a photo of the pair smiling, calling Bono the “real deal.”

—Scott Wong and Molly Hooper contributed.