Steve Scalise tells members he’s focused on recovery, still unsure when he will return to Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 22: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) discusses the release of the House Republican plank on health care reform at The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research on June 22, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise told House Republicans during a conference call Monday that he was continuing his recovery and inpatient rehabilitation after a June shooting and the date of his return to Congress was still to be determined.

Scalise, a Metairie Republican, was shot during a congressional baseball practice in Virginia in June when a gunman fired on the Republicans.

The bullet traveled toward his other hip, causing serious damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels. He was in critical condition for several days and on the brink of death when he arrived at MedStar Washington Hospital. He has since undergone several surgeries to manage infections and other complications.

According to a Scalise aide who was on the call, Scalise told fellow Republican congressmen that, for now, he is focused on his recovery and he will heed his doctors’ advice on when he can return to his role as whip. That date is still unclear.

The Louisiana Republican took time during the conference call, which was on appropriations, to thank his Republican whip team for stepping up in the wake of the shooting, the aide told CNN, adding that Scalise also “thanked the members for their prayers and support.”