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Congressional baseball practice shooting

Paul Ryan: 'An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us'

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) received a standing ovation Wednesday when he shirked partisanship and embraced unity in a speech on the House floor in the wake of the congressional baseball practice shooting earlier in the morning. "We are united. We are united in our shock, we are united in our anguish," Ryan said. "An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us."

Ryan noted that "for all the noise and fury" between Republicans and Democrats fighting for what they believe in, "we are one family." "We do not shed our humanity when we enter this chamber," Ryan said.

Ryan took a moment to praise the bravery of the Capitol Police officers at the baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, and he also gave a shout-out to House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was among the five injured in the shooting. Ryan joked that, knowing Scalise, he's probably "really frustrated" he won't be able to play in the annual congressional baseball game Thursday evening.

Watch Ryan's moving speech below. Becca Stanek