- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 9, 2011

GOP leaders will postpone all legislation scheduled to be considered this week in the U.S. House of Representatives following the shooting Saturday of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others in Arizona.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican, made the announcement Saturday night, saying legislation that would include a scheduled vote Wednesday on repealing recently enacted health care law and other matters has been postponed “so that we can take whatever actions may be necessary in light of today’s tragedy.”

Six people where killed and 14 injured, including Ms. Giffords, Arizona Democrat, in the attack at a Tuscon, Ariz., shopping center. Ms. Giffords is in critical condition. The suspected gunman, 22-year-old Jared Loughner, reportedly targeted Ms. Giffords, who was hold a community meeting.

“Our nation was shocked by the tragedy in Arizona earlier today,” Mr. Cantor also said in his statement. “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. … Along with our nation, this institution has suffered a horrible tragedy.”