Ryan honor­ing Scalise with empty seat at lead­er­ship meet­ings

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Sally Per­sons

Speaker Paul D. Ryan said the lead­er­ship team has left House Ma­jor­ity Whip Steve Scalise’s seat va­cant in their meet­ings.

“We’re keep­ing his seat right here va­cant un­til he re­turns. Most of us here have gone to see him or spo­ken to him, and he’s mak­ing a very good re­cov­ery,” Mr. Ryan said in an in­ter­view that aired Wed­nes­day on Fox News.

Mr. Scalise is in the hospi­tal re­cov­er­ing from a gun­shot wound taken when a leftist gun­man opened fire at the base­ball field in Alexan­dria, Vir­ginia, ear­lier this month.

Mr. Ryan, Wis­con­sin Repub­li­can, also said that the lead­er­ship team isn’t slow­ing down, and is ac­tu­ally try­ing to move quickly and em­brace their op­por­tu­nity in the ma­jor­ity.

“We have this op­por­tu­nity, and we can­not blow it,” he said. “That’s why we’re mov­ing so quickly.”

At a House lead­er­ship meet­ing, Mr. Ryan set the agenda for the week with a med­i­cal mal­prac­tice bill and two im­mi­gra­tion re­form bills.

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