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Congressman Jim Costa

Representing the 16th District of California

Costa Statement on Shooting at Republican Team’s Congressional Baseball Practice

Jun 14, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) denounced the shooting that occurred this morning during the Republican congressional baseball team’s practice. Rep. Costa referred to the incident as a “cowardly attack” and released the following statement: 

“It is a sad day in our nation’s capital. We all learned early this morning of the horrific shooting that took place while Republican members of Congress and staff practiced for the annual bipartisan congressional baseball game to be played tomorrow night. Our thoughts and prayers are with Congressman Scalise, congressional staff member Zack Barth, lobbyist and former staffer Matt Mika, and the two police officers, Krystal Griner and David Bailey, who were wounded as a result of this horrendous act of violence.

“The congressional baseball game at National’s Park raises tens of thousands of dollars for charitable organizations each year, and has been an annual tradition for decades. Just as importantly, it creates opportunities for bipartisan engagement for members of Congress and staff. So, the game must go on. Regardless of our differences and disagreements, we are one House. And, as a country, we are one nation. As our nation comes together in solidarity today, we are reminded of how vulnerable we all are to those who wish harm to our American way of life. We must peacefully unite in strength in the face of this hatred.”