A day after a shooter opened fire on Republican lawmakers' practice, the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity will go on as scheduled on Thursday.
The annual charity game, a staple in Washington, D.C., since 1909, pits GOP and Democratic lawmakers against each other in a baseball showdown.
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Hours after a shooting left five people injured on Wednesday, including Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, organizers announced that the game was on, saying that the best way to honor them was "to play the game as scheduled" at Nationals Park.
The Capitol Police Memorial Fund was added as one of the charities that will benefit from the event, the game announced. Two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, were among those wounded in Wednesday's attack.
The annual event has raised millions of dollars in recent years. The other organizations benefitting from the charity are the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and the Washington Literacy Center.
Additionally, for those who won't be able to attend the game, game organizers created an online crowdfunding campaign on CrowdRise to raise money.
The game has been heralded for its bipartisanship in a time when gridlock is common in the legislative branch. Reps. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania and Joe Barton of Texas — team managers of the Democratic and Republican baseball teams, respectively — called for their fellow lawmakers to come together.
“Basically we’re playing the game tomorrow. We’re united not as Republicans and Democrats, but as United States Representatives," Barton said during a briefing on Wednesday.
The game has received support from other lawmakers, including Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., who plays in the Congressional Women's Softball Game.
Several politicians are expected to turn out to Thursday night's event. One person who won't be among them: President Trump.
"While the president would like to attend the game and show his support for all of these brave public servants, he has been advised that there is not enough time to follow Secret Service protocols," Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said Wednesday night.
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