House Majority Whip Steve Scalise called into the weekly whip meeting Monday for the first time since he was shot and seriously wounded at a congressional baseball practice last month.
Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., tweeted that lawmakers had an "emotional phone call" with the Louisiana Republican during the whip meeting.
Scalise jokingly asked other lawmakers in the meeting whether the Senate passed its healthcare bill yet, Politico reported. Senate GOP leaders are expected to call Tuesday for a vote on a motion that would start debate on the House-passed healthcare bill. If that motion gets the 50 votes it needs, assuming a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence, the House bill would be stripped out and a new bill would be swapped in. It is not clear what that bill might be or whether it could gain sufficient support, however.
Scalise also told his colleagues he has begun rehabilitating from his injuries.
A gunman opened fire on a group of Republicans lawmakers practicing for the annual congressional charity baseball game in Alexandria, Va., on June 14. Scalise, Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner, congressional aide Zach Barth and Tysons Food lobbyist Matt Mika were injured.
Scalise remains at Washington Hospital Center in fair condition. Chief Deputy Whip Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., has served as whip while Scalise recovers.