House Delays Vote on Health Care Repeal After Arizona Shooting Spree



The House is delaying a vote on repealing the recently enacted health care law because of the shooting rampage in Arizona Saturday that killed a federal judge and wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said all legislative action "is being postponed so that we can take whatever actions may be necessary in light of today's tragedy."

"Along with our nation, this institution has suffered a horrible tragedy," Cantor said in a statement. "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 House was scheduled to have a final vote on Wednesday following a seven-hour debate.  In a test vote Friday, the House formally approved the rules for debate on the health law repeal. The procedural measure passed largely along party lines on a 236-181 vote. 

That vote is seen as largely symbolic, since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has vowed to block it in the Senate, and President Obama would surely veto anything of the sort that clears Congress.

The House is not scheduled to be in session on Monday.