Honoring Giffords, Congress Puts Work On Hold
In response to the tragic events in Tucson, Arizona, last Saturday, House Republicans are postponing a vote to repeal the healthcare law that had been scheduled for Wednesday.
Postponing The Healthcare Law Vote
From The Hill:
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said in a statement late Saturday that “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,” Cantor added.
He said he had spoken with leaders of both parties before making the decision.
The House was scheduled to vote on the healthcare repeal bill on Wednesday. That was the only major piece of legislation scheduled for the week. The House had planned to debate the bill Tuesday, and is scheduled to be out of session Monday.
“In light of yesterday’s tragedy, our focus has changed,” said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) “Fox News Sunday.” “We’re focused on what happened in Arizona, and we need to make sure that we are responding appropriately to that tragedy before we get involved in the legislative business of Congress.”
President Obama Leads Moment Of Silence
In other tokens of respect, President Obama led a moment of silence on Monday morning, White House flags are at half-staff, and memorials continue in Tucson and Washington.
The House Agenda This Week?
It’s unclear what the House will do this week, but personally I would like it if they discussed the target map that Sarah Palin published, showing Gabrielle Giffords’ Congressional District under the cross hairs of a gun.
It may well turn out that there is no direct link between this map and the suspect, 22-year-old Jared Loughner, but surely such maps are raising the level of violent rhetoric in this country?