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House votes canceled after shooting

House votes canceled after shooting

House votes and political events were canceled or postponed across Washington on Thursday as the nation’s capital paused after a gunman shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and several others at a baseball field in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Va.

The House canceled its two scheduled voting periods and the morning hour of floor speeches. Most committee and subcommittee hearings have also been postponed. House votes will likely be rescheduled for Thursday.

The House will have a bipartisan members-only briefing at 11:15 a.m. at the Capitol, which will be led by the Sergeant-at-Arms.

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Republicans who had been practicing for Thursday night’s Congressional Baseball Game when a shooter opened fire on them made their way back to Capitol Hill still wearing their baseball gear.

President Trump has canceled his only scheduled event today — a speech at the Department of Labor at 3:30 p.m., where he planned to give a major policy address on workforce development and sign an executive order. Wednesday is also Trump’s birthday.

The Senate Appropriations Committee postponed testimony from Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Mattis and Dunford were scheduled to speak about the Defense Department’s budget but were sure to be asked about reports Trump had given the Pentagon broad authority to set troop levels in the Middle East.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) will reschedule a press conference to announce a lawsuit against Trump alleging that the president’s business interests are a violation of the Constitution’s emoluments clause.

And Democrats, led by Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, canceled a celebration in Fairfax, Va., about a half-hour drive from Alexandria, where they planned a "unity" event to celebrate Tuesday’s nomination of Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, who will face former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie in the state's gubernatorial race later this year.

The Senate floor is still scheduled to open at 10:45 a.m., but Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Democrats see opportunity in GOP feud with business Biden resists calls to give hard-hit states more vaccines than others MORE (R-Ky.) has not announced the schedule yet.