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The Latest: White House ‘thrilled’ Scalise is back

FILE - In May 17, 2017 file photo, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, of La., speaks with the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. The congressman shot in June at a baseball practice is returning to work at the Capitol after three months in the hospital and at a rehabilitation facility. That's the word from Rep. Steve Scalise's office. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Rep. Steve Scalise’s return to the House floor (all times local):

3:04 p.m.

President Donald Trump’s chief spokeswoman says everyone at the White House was “thrilled” to see Rep. Steve Scalise return to the House floor.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the thoughts and prayers of everyone at the White House have been with Scalise and his family since he was gravely wounded during a shooting at a baseball practice three months ago. The Louisiana Republican returned to the Capitol on Thursday to cheers and a standing ovation in a packed House chamber.

Trump visited Scalise in the hospital immediately after the shooting.

Huckabee Sanders says the White House will “continue to root” for Scalise as he works toward a full recovery.

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11:15 a.m.

Majority Whip Steve Scalise is telling his colleagues: “You have no idea how great this feels to be back at work in the people’s House.”

The Louisiana congressman was gravely wounded in a shooting at a baseball practice three months ago, returned to the Capitol on Thursday to cheers and a standing ovation in a packed House chamber.

Scalise described what transpired that early morning in June, thanked the members of the U.S. Capitol Police who exchanged fire with the gunman and the physicians who put him back together. He also thanked his wife, Jennifer, who watched from the visitor’s gallery.

Speaker Paul Ryan welcomed Scalise with the words, “our prayers have been answered.”

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11 a.m.

Cheers and sustained applause greeted Majority Whip Steve Scalise as he returned to the House.

Slowly and with a sense of purpose, Scalise made his way into the chamber. He was wounded three months ago when a gunman opened fire at a Republican baseball practice.

All members of the House stood and applauded. The Louisiana Republican relied on crutches to walk.

Scalise and four other people were injured June 14 when a gunman opened fire on a Republican baseball practice in nearby Alexandria, Virginia. U.S. Capitol Police and other officers returned fire and killed the gunman. The rifle-wielding attacker had nursed grievances against President Donald Trump and the GOP.

The 51-year-old congressman was struck in the hip, and the bullet tore into blood vessels, bones and internal organs.

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10:17 a.m.

The congressman shot in June at a baseball practice is returning to work at the Capitol after three months in the hospital and at a rehabilitation facility.

That’s the word from Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s office. The Louisiana Republican will vote Thursday morning and address his colleagues on the House floor. This is his first public appearance since the shooting.

Scalise and four other people were injured June 14 when a gunman opened fire on a Republican baseball practice in nearby Alexandria, Virginia. U.S. Capitol Police and other officers returned fire and killed the gunman. The rifle-wielding attacker had nursed grievances against President Donald Trump and the GOP.

The 51-year-old congressman was struck in the hip, and the bullet tore into blood vessels, bones and internal organs.

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