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GOP baseball team returns to shooting scene

Rep. Joe Barton speaks from behind a podium
Reps. Barton (left) and Williams (center) on the field. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

"As a light rain trickled down Wednesday, Republican members of Congress returned to a baseball field where a gunman critically wounded teammate Rep. Steve Scalise and shattered their sense of security nearly a year ago," USA Today's Deborah Barfield Barry reports.

QuoteToday is an emotional day. But it's also a rebirth, a renewal. I'm proud of the team.
— Texas Rep. Joe Barton, manager of the Republican congressional baseball team
  • "'It just reminded us how precious life is, how short life is. You’re really not in control,' said [Texas Rep. Roger] Williams ... 'So I’m glad we’re here. I’m glad we’re starting again, but it’s an event…  It will stay in my heart.’'"
  • "Scalise ... underwent another procedure last week and could not attend the practice. ... [He] returned to work at the U.S. Capitol later Wednesday and praised his teammates for returning to practice."