House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA), a formidable presence in the Republican Party, revealed Tuesday morning that he has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. The Louisiana congressman was quick to assure the public that his form of cancer is “very treatable.” He emphasized his plans to continue working throughout the treatment period.
In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Scalise said, “After a few days of not feeling like myself this past week, I had some blood work done. The results uncovered some irregularities, and after undergoing additional tests, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma.”
After a few days of not feeling like myself this past week, I had some blood work done. The results uncovered some irregularities and after undergoing additional tests, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a very treatable blood cancer.
I have now begun treatment, which will…
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) August 29, 2023
The Majority Leader aims to keep up his political responsibilities while navigating the months-long treatment. He added, “I expect to work through this period and intend to return to Washington, continuing my work as Majority Leader and serving the people of Louisiana’s First Congressional District.”
This news adds another chapter to Scalise’s story of resilience and toughness. In 2017, he survived a shooting at a congressional baseball practice, making a remarkable recovery and resuming his duties. His near-death experience undoubtedly prepared him for tough fights, including this latest one against cancer.
Colleagues from both sides of the aisle have quickly offered support. House Republican Conference Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) said, “There is no stronger fighter than Scalise. Steve is as tough and kind as they come, and he has beaten so many unbeatable odds.”
Praying for Leader @SteveScalise and his entire family after learning about his cancer diagnosis. Steve is incredibly strong and I pray his treatments are successful and he has a full recovery!
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) August 29, 2023
Support didn’t come solely from fellow lawmakers; Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin urged the public to “join me in praying for my friend, Congressman Scalise. We know he’s tough and will fight this disease just as he’s fought for the people of Louisiana.”
As Majority Leader, Scalise plays a crucial role in setting the legislative agenda in the House. His health could have a domino effect on political dynamics, especially considering the narrow majority the Republicans hold. Scalise’s role in keeping the GOP on the same page is crucial for maintaining that advantage.
Additionally, his announcement comes as the nation still grapples with healthcare concerns, particularly cancer, a leading cause of death in America. Scalise’s case underscores the importance of early diagnosis and top-notch medical care, resources that should be accessible to every American. “I am incredibly grateful we were able to detect this early and that this cancer is treatable,” Scalise noted.
Scalise’s unwavering faith and strong sense of family and community offer a testament to the American spirit. As Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) pointed out, “Nobody is as prepared as Steve Scalise is to take on this new trial, and win.”
The Louisiana congressman is no stranger to challenges, and America knows it. With faith and medical science on his side, Scalise is poised to add another victory to his long record of overcoming adversity.