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article imageHealthcare reform voting postponed due to Arizona shooting

By Adeline Yuboco     Jan 9, 2011 in World
Washington - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced that all legislation scheduled for consideration next week are postponed in light of the shooting that left six people dead and 12 injured including Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
The postponement includes efforts to repeal President Obama's healthcare reform law which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday next week.
Repealing the said healthcare reform bill has been a priority of the Republican party who won control of the House of Representatives during the November elections. Although it is expected that the repeal will pass in the House, its chances remain bleak in the Senate, which is dominated by the Democratic party, Reuters reports.
Cantor stated that the decision was arrived by both parties involved in order to give lawmakers "can take whatever actions may be necessary in light of today's tragedy." Information of the revised schedule will be released by tomorrow.
In his second statement for the day, Cantor added:
“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."
Congresswoman Giffords was shot at the head at point-blank range at an event in Tucson. Prior to the shooting, she had reportedly received threats for her support to the healthcare reform bill. She currently remains in critical condition as of this posting time. Click here for a more detailed report on the shooting incident.
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