House Majority Leader Steve Scalise says he is being treated for cancer

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise says he is being treated for cancer

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise says he’s been diagnosed with a form of blood cancer
The Louisiana Republican is undergoing treatment and described the condition as quote very treatable CBS News
Congressional correspondent Scott McFarlane joins us now here in the studio. Hey Scott good to see you but bad news for
Mr. Scalise who has already gone through so much
Medically after that shooting a few years ago and his long-term recovery
What can you tell us about this situation?
The majority leader of the US House who works a necessarily tireless job says he will work through this through his recovery through his treatment
He has all kinds of support from his colleagues of both parties some very supportive statements for Majority Leader Scalise today
And six years ago you shot and he is still you can see visibly impacted by that horrific shooting
You know, he walks with a different gait moves a little more slowly in the hallways
But his job is uniquely difficult at this moment being House Majority Leader would probably be one of the more stressful jobs in America
He does it with a remarkably narrow margin to navigate as well. Steve Scalise
I’ll underscore this is one of the members working through cancer at this moment in time
There are others
Congressman Castro of Texas is not yet cancer-free as he undergoes treatment for cancer
Just recently congressman Kildee of Michigan congressman Raskin of Maryland have been declared cancer free
It’s just it’s it’s what American workplaces deal with right?
It is a microcosm of America and Steve Scalise is a microcosm of the American worker now
Right a real reflection of what so many Americans are going through
I want to ask you as we have this hurricane bearing down on
Florida about FEMA funds the FEMA director was in the White House briefing room today
Let’s listen to a little bit of her and then you’ve been doing some reporting on FEMA funding
Right now the supplemental request that we have put in is 12 billion dollars
And that will be a bridge to get us through the end of the fiscal year if we continue to see more storms
We’re gonna continuously monitor very closely the health of the disaster relief fund to determine what more may be needed
but
Hawaii wildfires not cheap now. You’ve got potentially another major disaster bearing down. What is the situation?
Does FEMA have the money it needs as this night began sources tell me that there is grave concern in
Congress that they don’t have the political ability at this moment to replenish that disaster fund quickly every September FEMA runs low on money
It’s just the end of the fiscal year
It’s how things go it gets so dire starting today because of this hurricane FEMA has now officially paused
spending on long-term recovery in some of these areas that were just
bludgeoned in July take a Vermont
Hudson Valley of New York horrible floods other wildfires elsewhere in America
They have to pull back long-term FEMA projects because they need to use the rest of their money a few billion dollars towards hurricane
Preparations to ensure nobody dies Maui wildfires
It’s still an emergency situation the next few things coming where life and death is on the line
They can hold off and pause the longer-term things where there’s no longer lives on the line
But in a state like Vermont tax base is low. There are still enormous expenses
they need federal help for FEMA now just hit the snooze button, which is going to disrupt things and
Normally in a normal time you covered Congress for so many years
You know Congress would move swiftly to get emergency money passed
This Congress just doesn’t have a record of moving swiftly on anything emergency or otherwise, right?
they were already facing the possibility of a government shutdown at the end of September the likely like and
You you put it at likely that’s troubling
But you know, this is just another
Chink in the armor and we got a couple more months left in hurricane season Scott McFarland. Thank you so much

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