Why a Top Louisiana Republican Skipped Selma

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise attended an “off-the-record” retreat in Georgia.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, listens during an interview in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. Debt ceilings are hit because of spending problems in Washington and 'to increase the debt ceiling it ought to be tied to reforms that finally solve the spending problem,' Scalise said.

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U.S. Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the No. 3 House Republican who has been criticized in the past by civil rights leaders, stayed at a posh Georgia resort with his wife earlier this month rather than attend events in Alabama marking the 50th anniversary of the Selma civil rights march.

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