Washington — In his second written statement today, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has announced that the House will delay its efforts to repeal the health care law next week as well as other legislative business “so that we can take whatever actions may be necessary in light of today’s tragedy.”
Lawmakers voted last week to schedule debate and a vote on repealing health care reform on Wednesday. Repeal was expect to pass in the House, but chances were less likely in the Senate and the White House threatened to veto it.
A House GOP retreat in Baltimore next week could also be delayed in the aftermath of Saturday’s shooting at an event held by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona.
“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,” Cantor said in a statement. “Further information relating to a revised House schedule will be released tomorrow.”