By Rachel Bade (Politico) –
Injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise surprised Republicans on Monday by phoning in to a GOP conference call from the hospital and updating lawmakers on the whip process for an upcoming spending bill.
The call showed that the Louisiana Republican, who was hospitalized for weeks after being shot during a congressional baseball practice in mid-June, is recovering and starting to turn his attention toward returning to work. Sources close with Scalise say he’s eager to rejoin his fellow lawmakers on Capitol Hill, though he told Republicans on the call that he did not yet have a discharge date from rehab.
A Scalise aide confirmed the call.
Scalise “made it clear that he is focused on his inpatient rehabilitation, and that the timing of his return to work will be based on his doctors’ advice, and has not yet been determined,” the aide said.