House leadership freezes legislative schedule for next week

Members of House leadership released statements on Saturday night agreeing to postpone all legislative action for the coming week that does not pertain to the shooting that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in critical condition.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) released a statement at 7:35 p.m. on Saturday:

“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.”

A statement from Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) released at 9.24 p.m. on Saturday states:

"The Republican leadership has announced, in consultation with Democratic leadership, that there will be no legislative action in the House next week that does not relate to today's tragic event in Arizona. Consideration of Health Care Repeal legislation has been postponed to a later time. We are all keeping the victims and their families in our prayers."

The House had been scheduled to take up a series of votes Tuesday evening pertaining to the repeal of healthcare legislation.