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Scalise released from hospital after planned surgery

Scalise released from hospital after planned surgery
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House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOvernight Health Care: House Dem report blasts Trump coronavirus response | Regeneron halts trial of antibody drug in sickest hospitalized patients | McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 Democrats call Trump's COVID-19 response 'among the worst failures of leadership in American history' House Republicans slated to hold leadership election on Nov. 17 MORE (R-La.) was released from MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Saturday after a successful planned surgery.

A statement shared from both Scalise and the hospital's Twitter accounts said he would remain at home resting for several days.

"Congressman Steve Scalise was discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center today. The planned surgery was successful. The congressman will be recovering at home for the next several days," the statement reads.

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Scalise was injured last year in a shooting at a practice for the congressional baseball game when a gunman attacked Republican congressmen and staff. Scalise, a lobbyist and two Capitol Police officers were shot and hospitalized.

The House's No. 3 Republican is seen as one of the front-runners to succeed Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcCarthy faces pushback from anxious Republicans over interview comments Pelosi and Trump go a full year without speaking Jordan vows to back McCarthy as leader even if House loses more GOP seats MORE (R-Wis.) who is not running for reelection.

Ryan, though, endorsed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe truth, the whole truth about protecting preexisting conditions McCarthy urges networks not to call presidential race until 'every polling center has closed' House Republicans slated to hold leadership election on Nov. 17 MORE (Calif.). Scalise has said he will not run against McCarthy. His allies, however, want him to be ready to mount his own bid should McCarthy lose the support of the caucus or opt out.

Scalise has been hospitalized for several planned surgeries following the June shooting, writing in a letter Monday after another discharge that he was eager to return to work in the Capitol.

“Rest assured that I plan to be fully engaged in my work as I recover from this surgery, and I am eager to be back at the Capitol as soon as my doctors say I’m able," Scalise wrote in his letter to his whip team Monday. "Thank you for keeping me in your prayers, and don’t hesitate to reach out to me or my office if there is anything you need.”