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 ScaliseTrump: Fox News 'panders' to Democrats by having on liberal guests Republicans disavow GOP candidate who said 'we should hang' Omar Nunes accuses Democrats of promoting 'conspiracy theories' 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.


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 RyanHouse Ethics Committee informs Duncan Hunter he can no longer vote after guilty plea Duncan Hunter pleads guilty after changing plea Trump campaign steps up attacks on Biden MORE (R-Wis.) who is not running for reelection.

Ryan, though, endorsed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyDemocrat who opposed Trump, Clinton impeachment inquiries faces big test CNN Pelosi town hall finishes third in cable news ratings race, draws 1.6M Economy adds 266K jobs in November, blowing past expectations 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.”