Congressional baseball practice shooting
House members had been expressing fears for their safety with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as recently as last week, USA Today reports. Tensions boiled over at an all-member meeting on Wednesday, which followed a shooting at a congressional baseball practice that left Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) in critical condition.
Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) had reportedly voiced concerns directly to Ryan last week. Following Wednesday's attack, Republicans, including Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Maine), were also among those speaking up. Both Republicans and Democrats received threatening messages after the baseball attack.
"While it's impractical to assign a security detail to every member of Congress, [one] lawmaker said individual congressional office budgets are often too meager to afford the most secure space — the kind that includes multiple entry and exit points and buffer areas between public waiting areas and back offices," USA Today writes.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) urged new security measures: "In more recent years, I have been praying … for our safety," she said.