House Speaker Ryan calls for unity, but shooting reveals stark political divide

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She went on to use President Donald Trump's past statements as examples.

"I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw this myself in the late 70s in San Francisco", said the then-speaker of the House, referencing the infamous assassination of a city councilman and mayor in the city.

"Every time I pray, I pray for all of you", Pelosi said, adding she harbors a growing fear about politicians being targets of violence. "For them to be so sanctimonious is something that I really am nearly sad for myself". "It's an injury in the family". Jeff Flake said he and Rep. Brad Wenstrup, who is a physician, went to where Scalise was lying to apply pressure to the wound.

President Donald Trump says that wounded Congressman Steve Scalise's condition is more hard than people first realized.

"Everyone on that field is a public servant", Trump said. And he says Scalise is "in some trouble".

Trump is also crediting the congressman for bringing people together. He says, "They ran right into the fire" and saved a lot of lives.

Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said an increase in the Capitol Police budget for fiscal 2018, which begins October 1, is likely to be debated.

Separately, Republicans also met behind closed doors before leaving Washington for the week.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. walks towards the House floor on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. walks towards the House floor on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders wasted no time in expressing his regret and disgust that a follower of his campaign had committed such a cowardly attack.

With colleagues still in the hospital, Democrats and Republicans gathered on the House floor Wednesday in a rare moment of bipartisan unity, to reflect on the attack on congressional Republicans earlier Wednesday.

Five people were injured and hospitalized in Wednesday's mass shooting, including Louisiana Republican Steve Scalise, two Capitol Police officers, and an aide to Texas Republican Rep. Roger Williams.

The House adjourned for the day after the briefing.

In the Thursday interview, Ryan said he wanted to find more opportunities for Republicans and Democrats to "break bread" together.

The speaker made clear that the congressional baseball game - a long-standing matchup between Democrats and Republicans that raises money for charity - would still take place on Thursday.

Law enforcement officials have reportedly identified James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, as the suspect in the shooting.

What was celebrated instead was the bravery of Rep. Steve Scalise's Capitol Police detail, who prevented a tragedy of epic proportions. He shot at Steve Scalise, our second baseman.

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