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FCC Opens June Meeting With Nod to U.S. Capitol Police

Before vote on 'Blue Alert' police safety measure, commissioners discuss D.C. shooting
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The FCC commissioners took a few moments at the beginning of the June public meeting Thursday (June 22) to send their best wishes to Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who is on the road to recovery after being shot last week at a congressional baseball game practice session, and to praise the U.S. Capitol Police officers who saved his and others' lives.

FCC chair Ajit Pai said he was shocked by the attack, hoped Scalise was on the mend, and sent his thoughts and prayers. He also talked of the heroic efforts of the Capitol Police and the further carnage that could have ensued if they had not stood on the firing line.

That came as the FCC was preparing to vote -- in the affirmative -- to create a "Blue Alert" emergency notification system to signal when police officers are in danger (e.g., injured, missing), much as the Amber Alert signals a child is in danger.

Pai said the unanimous approval was a great way to kick off Public Safety Month.

Joining with Pai in noting the attacks last week were commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael O'Rielly. Clyburn noted that the two wounded officers had thrown out the first pitches at last week's Congressional Baseball Game for Charity and at the ninth annual Congressional Women's Softball Game Wednesday (June 21), saying those pitches represented the "improvement and hope we are all embracing."

She noted that Scalise had been upgraded from "grave" to "fair," saying she was very happy to hear that, and that she was a member of Team Scalise. She said the attack demonstrated why the Blue alert was needed.

O'Rielly sent his best wishes to Scalise, who he had worked with as a congressional staffer before joining the commission, and to the officers. He said he had talked to legislators who had visited Scalise and they indicated he was doing better but that it would be a long road to recovery. He also talked of the injured staffers, noting that as a former staffer, he knew they often blend into the background.

O'Rielly also said he took to heart legislators' effort to watch the rhetoric that has gotten so heated in Washington, and said that they were all on the same team in trying to do their best for the country.