Congressman Marsha Blackburn -> Building on What Unites Us

Congressman Diane Black -- @ Hoax and Change

Congressman Marsha Blackburn -> Building on What Unites Us

Congressman Diane Black -- @ Hoax and Change

Congressman Diane Black — @ Hoax and Change

This Week From Washington

Building on What Unites Us

We were shocked and saddened this week when news broke that a gunman ambushed the Republican Team’s baseball practice and that one of our colleagues in the House was shot. The team was gearing up for the annual bipartisan baseball game to raise money for charity. As details rolled in throughout the day, the news only got worse. We learned that five people had been shot: Congressman Steve Scalise from Louisiana; Zach Barth, a staffer for Congressman Roger Williams of Texas; Matt Mika, a former Congressional staffer; and Capitol Police Officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner.

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Congressman Scalise leads our whip team and I have the honor of serving as one of his deputy whips. He is a kind, hardworking public servant and we are continuing to pray for him and his family as we pray for each person injured or present at that practice.

It shouldn’t take a tragedy for us to realize we are united in our desire for the best for our friends, family, neighbors, and our nation. I am hopeful we can remain united in the wake of this incident because hope cannot be erased or cheapened by partisan rhetoric and agendas.

I spoke on a couple shows this week in response to the shooting, the tenor of the political landscape, and where we need to go from here. Click on the graphics below to watch the interviews.

 

(click to play) Marsha on Fox & Friends First

 

(click to play) Marsha on CNBC’s Squawk Box

 

(click to play) Marsha on Varney & Co.

 

This week the House UNANIMOUSLY passed a resolution to support and thank our Capitol Police officers and first responders. I urge you to keep these people in your thoughts and prayers as we move forward.

I want to say thank you to all who called and shared your concern and sympathy with me and my staff. It is truly appreciated. Many of you referenced the prayer we said on the House floor, wishing that circumstances could have been different, but that it was good to see unity in Congress.

I thought it fitting to share this powerful prayer with you. Click here or on the graphic below to watch it.

 

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The Congressional Baseball Game is an annual event in Washington D.C. in which Democrat and Republican Members of Congress suit up to relive their high school glory days on the baseball field. The two parties play one another and proceeds from the game go towards local Washington DC-based charities.

Despite the tragedy that occurred just a day before, Members committed themselves to playing and ensuring the game would go on as planned. We were all committed to taking a united stand against the hatred that brought so much devastation just hours before.

 

Though Steve couldn’t make it, his staff turned out! #ScaliseStrong!

 

(click to watch) Capitol Police Officer David Bailey, wounded in yesterday’s attack, throws out the first pitch at the Congressional Baseball Game. (video courtesy of Twitter/@MLB)

This year the Democrats would get their revenge on the Republicans after an amazing come-from-behind win last year, winning 11-2. But the real winner of the night was unity.

 

(click to play) Highlight reel from the 2017 Congressional Baseball Game (video courtesy of YouTube/CBS Sports)

 

Hundreds of thousands of dollars are raised each year for The Washington Literacy Center, The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, and theWashington Nationals Dream Foundation. This year we added the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund and the Fraternal Order of Police to the list of beneficiaries.

Incredibly, the game set a new attendance record with almost 26,000 in attendance, and we raised over $1,000,000!! To learn more about the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity or to donate, click here.

I pray for a day when it such generosity and unity is commonplace and not the result of unspeakable acts. I hope this newsletter finds you well and I wish you all the best!

Yours in service,

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