Republican, Democrat join movement for change

Thu, 2017-07-13

By JIM PROVANCE BLADE  | COLUMBUS BUREAU CHIEF

COLUMBUS — As U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise continues to recover in a Virginia hospital from his recent shooting, a former congressman recalled Wednesday how he and colleagues of both parties stood together on the Capitol steps on 9/​11 and sang “God Bless America.”

“It was an extraordinarily emotional moment,” said former U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe, an Arizona Republican. “You wish somehow you could capture that like capturing a firefly in a jar, keeping it going, keeping it alive.”

Something similar occurred on the House floor in the immediate wake of Mr. Scalise’s shooting at a June 14 GOP practice for a charity baseball game against Democrats, an event designed in part to highlight bipartisanship outside the halls of the U.S. Capitol.

But the feeling didn’t seem to last.