tv President Trump Honors Congressional Baseball Shooting First Responders CSPAN July 27, 2017 10:57pm-11:32pm EDT
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>> coming up, police officers who responded to the shooting at a congressional baseball game practice honored at the white house beard testimony about a pentagon program that gave military quitman to a fake organization, and later a hearing on russian corruption. >> coming up live friday on c-span3. in the morning, former white house ethics erector discusses the six months he worked in the trump administration and his decision to resign. live from the national press club at 10:00 a.m., and then a discussion on iranian public opinion. also, the nuclear agreement and the trump administration. later, a conversation about the importance of the u.s.-japan military alliance hosted by the center for strategic and international studies live at 2:30 p.m. eastern.
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vice president pence: to members of congress, our distinguished guests. members of the law enforcement community from all across the united states. on behalf of the first family, welcome to the white house. and welcome to american heroes week here in our nation's capitol. one month ago today, america woke to shocking news. that a gunman had opened fire on a baseball diamond just south of our nation's capitol. in the wake of that horrific attack, our nation was deeply
inspired by the heroism of america's first responders. and we celebrate that today. today president trump will pay a debt of gratitude to the men and women who inspired the nation that day. and all they represent. this week, good news. the nation rejoiced with word that congressman steve scalise was released from the hospital. [applause] vice president pence: and, steve, i know you're watching. so let me say, we're inspired and relieved by your recovery. it's an answer to prayer. and we're especially honored to be joined today by your remarkable and courageous wife, jennifer. [applause]
vice president pence: jennifer, i know i speak for the president when i say that you and the kids will remain in our prayers until steve is back to work. jennifer also wanted me to recognize two medical professionals who cared for congressman scalise, from the very moment he arrived at the hospital, and tended to the others who were wounded that day. trauma surgeon jack sava and robert golden of med star washington hospital center, saved lives. and we're honored by your presence today. [applause] vice president pence: finally, here on american heroes week, we gather in particular to honor five truly remarkable americans. who without regard to their personal safety rushed into harm's way and prevented an even greater national tragedy.
join me in welcoming five american heroes here to the east room at the white house. officer kevin jobe of the alexandria police. [applause] vice president pence: officer alexander jensen of the alexandria police. [applause] vice president pence: officer nicole battaglia of the alexandria police. [applause] vice president pence: officer david bailey of the united states capitol police.
[cheers and applause] vice president pence: and officer crystal griner of the united states capitol police. [applause] vice president pence: as you'll hear more in a moment, these five officers exemplify the best of law enforcement in this country. and they honor us by their presence today. before we welcome the president, would you just join me in showing one more round of
♪ [applause] president trump: please sit down. thank you. and thank you to the vice president for doing a fantastic job and for the introduction. we welcome you all, members of congress and distinguished guests, we are gathered here today for a very, very special occasion. as we pay tribute to real heroes
whose courageous actions under fire saved so many lives in alexandria, virginia just six weeks ago. on the morning of june 14, several members of congress began their day on the baseball diamond, practicing for one of this town's greatest traditions, the annual charity congressional baseball game. it was just another beautiful morning until the unthinkable happened. the familiar sounds of baseball were suddenly interrupted by loud, vicious gun fire. matt mika, zackary barth, and beloved congressman and my friend, steve scalise, were each shot during an attack. others were injured trying to evade the incoming bullets of which there were many.
fortunately, from the moment that gunman began to shoot, he was met by return fire. capitol police, special agents david bailey and crystal griner, raced through the bullets and that's exactly what they did. they raced through the bullets. and immediately engaged the gunman. minutes later, members of the alexandria police department arrived on the scene. officers nicole battaglia, kevin jobe and alex jensen joined the fight. special agent griner was shot in the leg, i visited her in the hospital. she was hurt very badly. and shrapnel injured special agent bailey, as bullets swirled all around him.
despite their injuries, both officers continued to face down the gunman until they brought him down. and he had rifles. they had handguns. big difference. these officers saved the lives of every innocent person on the field that day. many of them friends of mike and myself. they are american heroes and we salute them. [applause]
president trump: that is so beautiful. thank you. we also salute the members of congress who acted with such bravery in the face of danger. shielding each other and caring for the injured. we honor today the emergency dispatchers who directed the first responders to the scene within seconds. they really acted quickly. i especially want to recognize all of the personnel from the alexandria fire department and the u.s. park police aviation unit for providing life support in a crisis where every second mattered. thank you for what you did that day and for what you do every single day. thank you very much. [applause]
president trump: we also express our deep appreciation for the paramedics, doctors, nurses and surgeons from med star washington hospital and george washington university hospital for saving the lives of the wounded. joining us today is congressman scalise's medical team. dr. jack sava. where's jack? stand up, jack, come on. [applause] trump: that's beautiful. med star's director of trauma, surgery, and dr. robert golden, the director of orthopedic trauma. doctor, doctor. congratulations.
[applause] president trump: they were a lot more worried that night at the hospital, weren't they? great job. you have the gratitude of the entire nation. thank you for caring for the victims and for your dear friend, steve. and he is our dear friend. steve is a fighter. we've known that for a long time. this week, he was discharged from the hospital and is now beginning weeks of intensive rehabilitation at an in-patient facility. he will recover, we're praying for him, we're pulling for him, and we are sending his family our support and our love. steve's great wife, who i've gotten to know, jennifer is here with us today. and we applaud the strength and
courage that she has shown throughout this incredible ordeal. thank you, jennifer. [applause] president trump: thank you, jennifer. other americans responded to this tragedy in ways that remind us how much stronger we are when we're united. when the congressional baseball game was played just one day later, nearly 25,000 people turned out. by far a record.
they raised more than $1.5 million for charity. also by far a record. the citizens of steve's home parish organized a blood drive in his name and vice president pence donated his blood at the congressional blood drive. thank you, mike. [applause] president trump: just recently house republicans and democrats a introduced a bill to provide support to capitol police officers who are injured on duty. people have been looking at this for a long time. but, jennifer, you can tell steve that he pulled it off. ok? that's better than being a whip. [laughter] i hope it gets: to my desk soon. i will sign it immediately. [applause]
president trump: the assault on june 14 reminded us that evil exists in this world. but it also reminded us that heroes walk in our midst. that love triumphs over tragedy. and that our resolve is stronger than ever. we praise america's law enforcement, and i've been praising them for a long time, they are unbelievable people. for being tough, for doing the tough jobs, the dangerous jobs. and sometimes thankless jobs with tremendous integrity, devotion and courage. so i just want to thank law enforcement generally. thank you. [applause]
president trump: thank you, thank you. i can only tell you from the campaign, the people love you, they respect you and they admire you. so i know you go through a lot. but they have great admiration. so just remember that, please. today i'm deeply honored to present our nation's highest award for a public safety officer, the medal of valor, to special agent crystal griner, special agent david bailey, and alexandria police department officers nicole battaglia, kevin jobe and alex jensen. the medal of valor is reserved for those who go above and beyond the call of duty as each
of these men and women did that on that fateful day. and they did it with great courage and they did it with instinct. when our human instincts tell us to run, there's danger, our police and first responders run straight at it, standing in the breach, protecting the innocent, and keeping our loved ones safe. now i'd like the military aide to read the citation as these great american heroes step forward to receive the medal of valor. >> special agent crystal griner. medal of valor presented to
special agent crystal griner. u.s. capitol police, district of columbia. for bravery and composure while engaged in an active shooter incident. despite being shot, special agent griner placed herself in mortal danger to save the lives of members of congress, attending family members, and congressional staff. during a charity softball practice at eugene simpson memorial park in alexandria, virginia. [applause]
>> special agent david bailey. medal of valor presented to special agent david bailey. u.s. capitol police, district of columbia. for taking brave and decisive action to subdue an active shooter. special agent bailey was shot during the exchange of gun fire but continued to advance the shooter without benefit of cover until the active shooter was subdued. saving the lives of members of congress, attending family members and congressional staff. [applause]
>> officer nicole battaglia. medal of valor presented to officer nicole battaglia. alexandria police department, virginia. for demonstrating extraordinary courage in saving the lives of two u.s. capitol police officers, members of congress, their families and congressional staff. officer battaglia engaged the assailant, exchanging gun fire at close range and ultimately neutralizing him.
[applause] >> officer alexander jensen. medal of valor presented to officer alex jensen. alexandria police department, virginia. for swift and valiant action in responding to an active shooter. officer jensen put himself in harm's way during the active shooter incident, moving without cover and drawing fire from the
announcer: ladies and gentlemen, please remain in your seats until the president has departed the east room. >> and a look at the article by the associated press reporting on the latest on health care legislation in the senate tonight, as mitch mcconnell releases the text of a pared down health bill to repeal parts of the affordable care act, maneuvering so the senate can pass a bill that the house and senate can use as a base to try to work out a conference of measure. speaker paul ryan has said the house is willing to negotiate with the senate. this is an aversion would end the requirement that individuals get coverage or risk fines, and a similar requirement for employers feared usa today tweeting, "funny thing about a skinny repeal, it is a lot of obamacare in place but discards the idea that healthy people must buy insurance."
the senate is in session, working on the legislation, the american health care act. some senators say they want more assurance from the house, the house will not all caps -- bypass the conference process. a the senate floor, republican from wyoming is holding the floor right now. let's take a listen. chosen by leadership, and it falls -- one of the things that makes this difficult is it's a budget reconciliation, so there are things that have to be written in a budget form in order to comply. and that limits some of the things that i would have liked to have done that i think would have made quite a difference, and i think it would have been some things that the other side might have joined on and been excited about too. again, we're limited by the mechanism that we have here.
we have no indication -- a senator: mr. chairman, would you yield for a question about a proposed solution. the presiding officer: the senate will be in order. the senator from wyoming. mr. enzi: the other side --. the presiding officer: the senate will be in order. mr. enzi: i have yet to see the cooperation. and i'm not going to take questions. i'm going to -- i really would appreciate it if you would just take some time to look at the bill. mr. murphy: we got the bill an hour ago -- the presiding officer: the senate will be in order. mr. murphy: maybe the time will be better used if you allow us to ask questions about the bill. the presiding officer: the senate will be in order. the senator from wyoming has the floor. mr. enzi: yes, and i have an hour whether i use it or not. like i say, for the past few days i have been yielding time to the other side. i haven't gotten much satisfaction out of that. i've listened to the last hour,
and i didn't get any satisfaction out of that either. i did sit through all of it. i did listen to it. again, it's complaints about the process but not constructive suggestions on what could be done. taxes and mandates and regulations and lack of competition in the marketplace and increasing costs. when i travel across wyoming, i have people that come up to thehis continues live on senate floor, the senator refusing to yield his time as they work on a partial repeal of the health care law. votes expected in 30 minutes or so, around midnight eastern. you can continue watching live coverage of the senate debate on c-span2. >> c-span's "washington
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