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House GOP Leaders Postpone Health Care Repeal Vote

Rep. Eric Cantor.(Liz Lynch)

January 8, 2011

House Republicans have called off next week’s legislative action, including a planned Wednesday vote on a GOP bill to repeal President Obama’s health care law, because of today’s shooting attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and others in Tucson. Giffords supported the law.

“All legislation currently scheduled to be considered by the House of Representatives next week is being postponed so that we can take whatever actions may be necessary in light of today’s tragedy,” said Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., in a statement.

Cantor said he agreed with an earlier statement of Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio., that, “an attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve,” and that “Along with our nation, this institution has suffered a horrible tragedy.”

 

The House had been scheduled to re-convene on Tuesday. There was no immediate comment from Cantor’s office on whether House Republicans plan to also cancel their two-day policy retreat set for Thursday and Friday in Baltimore.

Cantor released the following statement tonight after speaking with leaders of both parties in the House: “Our nation was shocked by the tragedy in Arizona earlier today.  Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff, and others became the victims of a senseless act of violence.   Congresswoman Giffords serves Arizona’s 8th District with distinction and thoughtful leadership, and it is horrifying that she was exposed to such violence at an event designed to reach the people she represents.   I couldn’t agree more with Speaker Boehner, who earlier said that, ‘an attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve.’  Along with our nation, this institution has suffered a horrible tragedy.   We are saddened, mourn those who lost their lives, and stand together in hopeful prayer for the recovery of the victims and their families.  “All legislation currently scheduled to be considered by the House of Representatives next week is being postponed so that we can take whatever actions may be necessary in light of today’s tragedy.  Further information relating to a revised House schedule will be released tomorrow.”

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