There aren't a lot of issues that inspire bipartisanship in the Senate these days, but on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) opened the morning session by announcing that both he and his counterpart, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), wished MLB star Bryce Harper a speedy recovery after a scary encounter with an outfield wall on Monday night.
"This is one thing that leaders on both sides fully agree on," McConnell said, after Reid announced that he planned to speak with Harper's family at some point in the day. "We're hoping Harper has a speedy recovery and back in the lineup."
(Watch video of Reid and McConnell's comments above.)
The Washington Nationals' Harper was injured while chasing a hard-hit ball during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. As the ball sailed over his head, Harper ran full speed after it, never looking down to see what was in front of him. He slammed face-first into a chain link fence that covered an outfield scoreboard, and has reportedly received 11 stitches to patch up a cut on his chin.
Full video of Bryce's nasty collision:
The Nationals have been a rare point of bipartisan agreement for Senate leaders. In 2010, Reid and McConnell went back and forth on the Senate floor, praising a performance by pitcher Stephen Strasburg.