Filemon Vela

Representing the 34 District of Texas

Vela Releases Statement on Shooting Involving Members of Congress

June 14, 2017
Press Release

Vela Releases Statement on Shooting Involving Members of Congress

Washington, D.C.—Today Congressman Filemon Vela (D-TX) released the following statement following the shooting at the GOP Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia:

“This morning, Members of Congress, staff, and Capitol Police officers were the victims of a cowardly act of violence. My thoughts and prayers go out to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Zack Barth, Matt Mika, Capitol Police officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and their families. I wish them all a speedy recovery.”

Scalise recently invited Vela to participate in a panel discussion on infrastructure, offshore energy services, and Army Corp of Engineer issues in Port Fouchon, Louisiana. Reps. Rouzer, Gonzalez-Colon and Gene Green also participated in the event. The two Capitol Police officers who were injured in this morning’s incident were the same brave man and woman who protected Members of Congress on that trip. 

“Just three weeks ago, I personally received protection from officers Bailey and Griner as I visited Louisiana with Congressman Scalise. I witnessed their dedication to protecting my Congressional colleagues. Today, these officers engaged in brave and heroic acts that likely saved the lives of those who were injured and those who escaped injury in today’s tragedy. It is an honor to know these two brave officers.”