Steve Scalise Returning to Congress in September -Report

Returning after the August recess.

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, critically wounded by gunfire two months ago, hopes to return to work in September, U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge, says. Graves' remarks were the first public notice that Scalise is recovering well enough to resume congressional duties.

Graves addressed the Baton Rouge Press Club on Aug. 7 and responded to a question about Scalise's condition. He replied: "I think it best to rely upon the doctors for updates there. I think what's most important is that Steve said that he's coming back next month.

"So we'll see how that goes. He may be fighting off doctors on the way out of the hospital to come. Steve is a fighter. His attitude and his spirits have remained very high."

Scalise, the House majority whip, was shot June 14 at an Alexandria, Va., ballpark while practicing with Republican colleagues for the annual congressional baseball game.