United States congressman's condition improves but still critical after shooting

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Hodgkinson sprayed rifle fire at Republican congressmen on Wednesday as they practiced for a charity baseball game. She says that she's been getting calls to her home as a result.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday, adding he also visited the wounded Capitol Police officer at the hospital.

Trump, in a video message played at the game, said the event had "a much deeper level of meaning" because of the shooting.

Scalise, the number three Republican in the House of Representatives, arrived at the hospital in a critical state, facing "an imminent risk of death", according to Sava.

Mika, a former aide to Michigan Republican Rep. Tim Walberg, is director of government relations for Tyson Foods Washington, D.C., office and has worked for the company for more than six years.

Following a day that saw most congressional business canceled, the House approved legislation offering health insurance tax credits to some veterans while committees pondered subjects from federal land management to cybersecurity.

Officials said Hodgkinson was carrying notes on which he had written the names of some Republican lawmakers.

Earlier Thursday, Republican lawmakers met behind closed doors to share reflections and pray.

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Speaking on the House floor, Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., issued a call to "replace the hateful rhetoric and resistance with respect".

"The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers", MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement released on behalf of his kin, reports CNN.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump visited the hospital Wednesday evening. The last time a lawmaker was shot was when Democratic Rep.

The congressional baseball match pits Republicans against Democrats.

Four other people were hurt after James Hodgkinson opened fire at the baseball field as they practised in the morning ahead of a charity game. Over social media he had lashed out at President Donald Trump and the GOP.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has paid a visit to wounded Majority Whip Steve Scalise at the hospital.

Sue Hodgkinson told reporters outside her IL home Thursday that she was busy with her job and didn't know a lot about what her husband, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, did between January and March.

Investigators said in a statement that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has searched the van, which was parked not far from the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field where Wednesday's shooting took place.