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Symbolic House Vote to Repeal Healthcare Law Delayed After Shooting Rampage

Consideration of all legislation in the House, including a bill to repeal the new healthcare law, is now on hold until next week as party...
January 11, 2011

Consideration of all legislation in the House, including a bill to repeal the new healthcare law, is now on hold until next week as party leaders and the rank and file alike struggle to come to terms with a tragedy that many will feel on a deeply personal level.

On Saturday January 8, a gunman opened fire on a crowd gathered for an informal public meeting being held in Tucson, Arizona by Congressman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).  Giffords was critically injured and six other people were left dead, including a 9-year-old girl. A total of 14 people were wounded. It was the first incident to significantly harm a member of Congress since Leo Ryan, a California Democrat, was shot to death in Guyana in 1978 during a visit to the Jonestown religious compound.

The President of the United States issued the following statement:

What Americans do at times of tragedy is to come together and support each other.  So at this time I ask all Americans to join me and Michelle in keeping all the victims and their families, including Gabby, in our thoughts and prayers.  Those who have been injured, we are rooting for them. And I know Gabby is as tough as they come, and I am hopeful that she's going to pull through.

Obviously our hearts go out to the family members of those who have been slain. We are going to get to the bottom of this, and we're going to get through this. But in the meantime, I think all of us need to make sure that we're offering our thoughts and prayers to those concerned.

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