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House on Hold

January 9, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

In the wake of the shooting Saturday in Tuscon, Arizona, the Republican House leadership has decided to postpone all major legislative activity for the week. That means the bill to repeal the health care law, which was originally scheduled for debate on Tuesday and a vote on Wednesday, will be pushed back until next week.

Here’s the text of Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor’s [R, VA-7] letter to members of the House announcing his decision to postpone legislative work for the week:

“In consultation with the Speaker and the Democratic Leadership, I have postponed all previously-scheduled legislation for the coming week to accommodate any action needed in light of yesterday’s tragic events in Arizona.

“The House will meet on Tuesday in pro forma session and there will be no votes or legislative business expected for that day.

“On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business and we will consider at least one resolution honoring Representative Giffords and honoring those who have fallen, including Federal Judge John Roll and Gabe Zimmerman, a member of Congresswoman Giffords’ congressional staff.

“At the request of bipartisan Members from the Arizona delegation and the Democratic Leadership, it is my intention to not have a recorded vote for the resolution. As Members know, however, we cannot assure that a recorded vote will not be requested. We will continue to be in close contact with the Democratic Leadership regarding those matters, along with the substance of the resolution, and will relay them as they become available.

“For now, it is my recommendation that all Members of the House who can, return to Washington to honor those who have fallen and to receive any necessary security briefings from the U.S. Capitol Police. I will defer on the latter issue to the Speaker and the Sergeant At Arms.”

It’s unclear at this point what this action Cantor is referring to that may need accommodating is, though there has been some mention of beefing up security at downhill events like the one Giffords was at when the shooting occurred.

On the Senate side, no statements have been released yet indicating that they will postpon their legilative work for the week. We’ll keep you updated.

Again, our hearts go out to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords [D, AZ-8], the other victims of the attack, and their families.

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  • Abaratarrr 01/10/2011 3:13am

    you can bet those in Washington will still get paid this week.

    but looks like this thing may have created a lot of jobs, if every congress person gets a security detail like the presidents it will create 10 of thousands of jobs.

    Washington, please go back t work, so that we can go back to work, an unemployment extension is desperately needed, people are freezing to death.

  • Abaratarrr 01/10/2011 4:35am

    The best security measure congress can take is to extend unemployment benefits and allow jobs to return

    Loughner was not the first and won’t be the last, there was that other unemployed guy in Florida that took a school board hostage then shot himself, if these people keep it up the politicians might soon discover that ignoring the unemployed is as likely to get them killed as the unemployed who are freezing to death and eating bullets due to having nothing else to eat. Until now the unemployed have just been killing themselves and maybe their families (sometimes former co-workers or bosses) when they can no longer obtain food and shelter, looks like unemployed people are taking out those responsible for their suffering

    Nobody gave a damn about the unemployed who are killing themselves and their families but one congress person gets shot and the whole world is a buzz about her, very little about the fact that this was just another person that was drove insane after being unemployed.

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    Mahlalie 01/10/2011 6:51am

    This has nothing to do with unemployment! This was some whackjob who people had thought was mentally unstable for a long while. Why do you have to make a tragedy such as this all about you?

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    Abaratarrr 01/10/2011 8:07am

    Do you think he would have been shooting people if he had a job? Would Clay Duke have been shooting at people then killing himself if he had a job or if unemployment benefits would have been extended?

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    Abaratarrr 01/10/2011 8:32am

    just google “unemployment” “mental illness” we are facing an epidemic. suicides are threw the roof, but the I guess you figure that the lives of the unemployed don’t mean as much as a politicians.

    I am not making this about me, it is about 25+ million unemployed individuals that are loosing everything including their sanity, their lives are every bit as valuable as that of a congress woman. She could have saved lives be extending unemployment benefits and helping people to get jobs.

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    Mahlalie 01/10/2011 9:25am

    You are most certainly making this about you. This guy has been mentally unstable for a while. The guy was declaring his hate towards the government in general, the only known motivation for the attack, since high school. This has nothing to do with unemployment. This has nothing to do with the value of life for different people. This has everything to do with a mentally unstable person attacking government officials.

    Should we buy everyone’s Christmas presents now? Christmas causes an increase in suicide, too. We could save lives by buying everyone’s Christmas presents for them. There are jobs out there. I am among a number of people I know who have found jobs mid-recession. If you have that much trouble finding a job in your area, move to somewhere with a better jobs market. People have done it for decades. But don’t make this shooting about gun control or free speech, and certainly don’t make it about unemployment.

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