Three and a half months after he was nearly killed in a shooting, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) made a triumphant return to the House floor on Thursday.
While today is obviously an emotional day for everyone in Congress, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) was especially excited to have his friend back at work. A series of photos show Ryan tearing up when he first saw Scalise.
Last month, Ryan was visibly moved when he discussed how he couldn't wait for Scalise to come back to the Capitol.
Of course, Ryan wasn't the only one who was stoked for Scalise to be back.
I’ve seen presidents, foreign leaders, the pope in the House chamber. I’ve never seen anyone applauded like Steve Scalise today.— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) September 28, 2017
And here's a clip of that crazy applause:
In a short speech, Scalise singled out one of the officers who saved his life back in June.
Welcome back, Rep. Scalise. We're so glad you're here.