By: Brittany Seemuth and Erik S. Hanley of Northwest NOW
The shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice during the morning of Wednesday, June 14, has local congressmen responding.
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, representative for Wisconsin's 5th congressional district, said the shooting that injured Rep. Steve Scalise and two members of Capitol Police won't change his views on security, nor how his activity in the public sphere.
Despite, the shooting, Sensenbrenner will maintain his town hall schedule through the end of this month; his next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, in West Bend.
"Sadly, we live in a time where everyone must practice situational awareness, but the Congressman believes strongly in being available to his constituents and the most
recent shooting won’t change that," said Nicole Tieman, communications director for Sensenbrenner. "While we will always try to take reasonable security precautions, the Congressman intends to practice the ultimate act of defiance against terrorists and evildoers—living his life and representing his constituents as he always has."
Sensenbrenner has held the most town hall meetings out of any other member of Congress with 81; that's nearly twice as many as Sen. Ron Wyden, who comes second to Sensenbrenner on the record list.
Congressman Glenn Grothman, representative for Wisconsin's 6th congressional district, said he will still have law enforcement at his town halls, but that is "standard practice."
As the third-ranking member of the House of Representatives, Scalise had a security detail while out and about.
“Other members of Congress do not, and I think extensive security is cost prohibitive and would limit the way we interact with our constituents,” Grothman said.
Grothman said he is continuing to think about his friend, Scalise, who is still in the hospital.
“I’m thankful that the Capitol Police officers were there so that this horrific incident wasn’t as bad as it could have been,” Grothman said. “I just pray everyone makes a full recovery.”
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