Leaders from both sides of the aisle will come together in solidarity on June 15, 2017, and play in the annual charity-based, Congressional Baseball Game, after five people were shot and several critically wounded while practicing for the game on Thursday. The game has been played annually for over 100 years and C-Span will live stream the event. Check your local cable listings to watch the Congressional Baseball Game on television. You can watch C-Span live online via YouTube and through their official channels C-Span 1, C-Span 2, and C-Span 3 that are available through their website. The first pitch is thrown at 7:05 p.m. ET, and the Congressional Baseball Game takes place at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
The decision comes after a mass shooting took place at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park as members of the GOP were practicing for tonight’s game. Five people were shot and wounded including two Capitol police members and Majority Whip Steve Scalise. The victims are Representative Steve Scalise, Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner, lobbyist Matt Mika, and staffer Zach Barth. Congress united after the horrific attack and asked the nation to set aside their political differences and come together as one. Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Paul Ryan addressed Congress and the nation following the attack. The Congressional Baseball Game supports a number of charities including the Boys and Girls Club, National Dream Foundation, and the Washington Literacy Center. After the mass shooting, the Congressional Baseball Game announced they had added the Capitol Police Memorial Fund to their list of charities.
The gunman was later identified as James T. Hodgkinson’s and authorities continue to investigate the shooting as well as the perpetrator’s motivation. The shooter died at the hospital. The shooting will not deter the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity that is one of the few times Congress puts aside their political differences, unites in fun and sport and works together for a good cause. Senate and House members have participated in the Congressional Baseball Games since 1909.
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