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AZ Shooting Causes Congress to Postpone House Action, Including Vote on Healthcare Repeal

Posted on 10 Jan 2011

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Federal Judge John Roll of the U.S. District Court for Arizona was killed and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) gravely wounded Saturday in a shooting outside of a Tucson, Arizona, grocery store, according to police and government officials. In all, six people died and 14 were wounded in the shooting.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced in a statement, following the shootings, that all legislation on the House schedule for the coming week is postponed. Cantor said the decision was made by leaders of both political parties in the House so that "we can take whatever actions may be necessary in light of today's tragedy." The schedule change means the House will not vote next week on the repeal of health care reform.??"I couldn't agree more with (House) Speaker (John) Boehner, who earlier said that, 'an attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve,'" Cantor said in Saturday's statement.

"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."

The attack occurred after 10 a.m. (noon ET) outside a Safeway grocery store where Congresswoman Giffords was holding a previously scheduled constituent meeting.