Ryan honoring Scalise with empty seat at leadership meetings
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.