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Steve Scalise told fellow lawmakers he's a 'living example that miracles can happen'


House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) said that he is a "living example that miracles can happen" upon returning to the Capitol for the first time since he was shot earlier this year.

"You have no idea how great this feels to be here for work in the people's house," he said on the House floor in Washington, D.C. "I'm definitely a living example that miracles can happen."

"It starts with God," Scalise added of his recovery since the shooting in June. "I'll tell you, pretty much every one of those prayers was answered. He really delivered for me and my family. It does give you that renewed sense that the power of prayer is something you just can't underestimate."

A gunman on June 14 opened fire on Republicans practicing at a field in Alexandria, Virginia for the annual Congressional Baseball Game.

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Scalise was among four people shot, as were a staffer for Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX), a Capitol Police officer, a Tyson Foods lobbyist and the gunman. Shooter James Thomas Hodgkinson, 66, was shot and killed by responding police officers on the scene.

Scalise also voiced gratitude for the bipartisan outpouring of support following the shooting last summer.

"It really does show the warm side of Congress that very few people get to see," he said of both Democrats and Republicans. "I want to thank each and every one of you for that here today. We fight for those issues, but we ultimately come together."

Scalise, who underwent multiple surgeries as part of his recovery process, closed his remarks to a standing ovation by noting how important Congress' work is for the entire globe.

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"People all over the world who believe in freedom are counting on us to deliver as well," he said.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) voiced joy at Scalise's return in a rare moment of agreement between both political parties.

"Our prayers have been answered," Ryan said before Scalise's speech. "America is grateful for this moment."

"An attack on you is an attack on all," Pelosi said after the Louisiana lawmaker's remarks. "We all came through this magnificently because of your strength. Today we are all Team Scalise. You are so wonderful."

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