Wounded congressman to have new surgery in shooting recovery

In this May 17, 2017 photo, Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., speaks with the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise says he will undergo surgery Wednesday as part of his recovery from last June’s shooting at a baseball practice.

The Louisiana Republican said Tuesday he’s made tremendous progress recovering from the shooting. He didn’t provide details of the surgery, only that it was planned for about a month and is a “continued part of my recovery.”

Scalise says he intends to remain fully engaged in his work as he heals, but gave no specific timeline for his return.

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He says, “I look forward to returning to the Capitol as soon as I can within the coming weeks.”

Scalise was struck by a bullet in the hip, shattering bone and damaging internal organs. He often uses a cane when he walks.

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