The Daily 202 Live with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise
On Wednesday, June 27, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, spoke with The Washington Post’s James Hohmann about the GOP policy agenda for the rest of 2018, including the latest on the administration’s detention policy for families and children at the U.S-Mexico border, developments in the race to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan and the Republican Party’s prospects in the 2018 midterm elections. He also discussed his recovery after nearly losing his life to a gunshot wound while practicing for last year’s Congressional Baseball Game.
Highlights
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) responds to the failed immigration bill that was defeated in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 27, 2018. Scalise said members in his party "wanted to solve these problems" but accused Democrats of being unwilling to find common ground with Republicans.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) tells The Washington Post's James Hohmann that heated rhetoric and inciting violence "borders on illegal" urging critics to express differences in "a civil way."
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) discusses President Trump's trade policies, saying that Americans should "applaud" the president for seeking a better deal on the North American Free Trade Agreement.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) tells The Washington Post's James Hohmann: "I don't think there's a particular favorite right now" to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27, 2018.
With House Speaker Paul Ryan poised to step down at the end of his term in January 2019, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) responds to whether he plans to run for Speaker of the House noting his personal philosophy that, "if you don't stay focused on what your job is today, then you're not going to have that next thing you're going for tomorrow."
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) tells The Washington Post's James Hohmann that he "deliberately" refuses to follow President Donald Trump on Twitter.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) dismisses conservative columnist George Will’s recent comments urging Republicans to vote for Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterm elections as "tongue and cheek."
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) says he had not seen Rep. Steve King’s (R-Iowa) recent retweet of a Nazi sympathizer, but added “we need to condemn” those with pro-Nazi viewpoints.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) describes taking the field at the annual Congressional Baseball Game on June 14, 2018 – exactly one year after being shot at baseball practice for last year's game.
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Steve Scalise (R-La.)
House Majority Whip
Rep. Steve Scalise represents the First Congressional District of Louisiana. He was elected to Congress in May of 2008 after serving in the Louisiana State Legislature from 1996 - 2008. He currently serves his colleagues as the House Majority Whip, the third highest position for House Republicans.
Interviewed by James Hohmann
James Hohmann is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post and author of "The Daily 202" newsletter.
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