WASHINGTON, D.C. – At his first appearance at the weekly House Republican Leadership press conference since the June 14th shooting, Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) discussed the tragedy in Las Vegas and his return to the Capitol.

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On being back at work…

“Well, let me first say it’s great to see all of you and it’s great to be back. I continue to just let everybody know who prayed for me during those tough times, how much it meant. It was tremendously uplifting, and gave me and my family a lot of strength during those tough times.”

On the shooting in Las Vegas…

“On that same token, Jennifer and I pray for the people that were involved in the Nevada shooting. Obviously [there] was so much loss of life and so many other people that are still injured today. Those families need our prayers right now, they need to be uplifted…As people are saying, ‘What can we do to help?,’ we also need to remember that there is a tremendous loss of blood. Go to your local blood bank and just donate blood. That alone can be a very positive sign, especially when you look at how much blood was lost and probably will need to continue to be used at the local hospitals as people continue to be treated.

There’s a lot that we need to pray for, surely the loss of life and those injured. Hopefully, those that are injured can get through their injuries and can get back to their families, so keep them in their [your] prayers.”