Scalise Tries to Shut Down Questions About Meeting White Supremacists

The House majority whip is looking to move past the embarrassment.

Rep. Steve Scalise (L) (R-LA) answers questions as Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) looks on during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol January 7, 2015 in Washington, DC.

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and other Republican leaders stood in front of the Washington press corps for the first time on Tuesday since news broke last week that the Louisianan had addressed a gathering of white nationalists as a state lawmaker 12 years ago. In his opening remarks to the media, Scalise—whose colleagues only recently installed him to the party's No. 3 ranking position in the chamber—made no mention of his speech to a group started by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Instead, Scalise highlighted his party's agenda in the House, which includes upcoming votes on measures that would approve the Keystone pipeline and modify the Affordable Care Act by changing the definition of full-time employment to 40 hours a week from 30.

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