The Latest: House backs funds for lawmakers' security
Jul. 26, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and his recovery. (all times local):
The House has voted in favor of allowing lawmakers to use taxpayer funds to beef up security at their homes.
The unanimous vote came on a nonbinding move by Utah GOP Rep. Mia Love to allow lawmakers to use their office budgets for security systems at their homes so long as they are not structural improvements that add value.
The voice vote comes after Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, was gravely wounded last month at a practice for the GOP baseball team. House leaders recently boosted security funding for lawmakers' district offices and broadened the range of expenses that could be covered. But that step did not apply to lawmakers' homes.
Love cited threats she has received, which included having her address posted on Facebook.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise — who was critically wounded in a shooting at a baseball practice last month — has been discharged from a Washington hospital.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center says the six-term Louisiana Republican was released from the hospital on Tuesday and is beginning "intensive inpatient rehabilitation."
It isn't identifying the facility.
The hospital says in a statement that Scalise (skuh-LEES') was in good spirits and looking forward to returning to work once he completes his rehabilitation.
Scalise and four other people were injured June 14 when a man opened fire on a Republican baseball practice in nearby Alexandria, Virginia.
The 51-year-old congressman was struck in the hip, and the bullet tore into blood vessels, bones and internal organs. He has has several surgeries.