Steve Scalise returns to the House: ‘I just started to pray’ after the shooting


What an awesome sight to see: Rep. Steve Scalise, R-LA, comes to the House floor to give a speech to thank all the people who saved his life.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., described for the first time the moments after he was shot at the Republican baseball practice in June, and said that once he realized he couldn’t move anymore, he began to pray.

“When I was laying out on that ball field, the first thing I did once I was down and I couldn’t move anymore is I just started to pray,” Scalise said in his first House floor speech since the shooting. “And I’ll tell you, it gave me an unbelievable sense of calm knowing that at that point it was in God’s hands. But I prayed for very specific things, and I will tell you pretty much every one of those prayers was answered. And they were some pretty challenging prayers I was putting in God’s hands.”

“He really did deliver for me and my family, and it just gives you that renewed faith and understanding that the power of prayer is something that you just cannot underestimate,” he said.