House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will suspend all votes for next week because of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at a supermarket in Tuscon, Arizona today.
Here’s Cantor’s statement:
Our nation was shocked by the tragedy in Arizona earlier today. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, members of her staff, and others became the victims of a senseless act of violence. Congresswoman Giffords serves Arizona’s 8th District with distinction and thoughtful leadership, and it is horrifying that she was exposed to such violence at an event designed to reach the people she represents. I couldn’t agree more with Speaker Boehner, who earlier said that, “an attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve.” 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.
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.
Seems like the right move from Cantor.
The major bill scheduled for next week, known as the “Repeal of the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act,” had a planned vote for Wednesday.
Giffords is apparently responsive and expected to survive, and considering that she was shot through the brain at point-blank range, that’s pretty amazing. Let’s hope she pulls through.