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Cantor on House Schedule in Wake of Arizona Shooting

By on 1.9.11 | 2:28PM

Majority Leader Eric Cantor just released the following statement on the upcoming week's schedule:

"In consultation with the Speaker and the Democratic Leadership, I have postponed all previously-scheduled legislation for the coming week to accommodate any action needed in light of yesterday's tragic events in Arizona. 

“The House will meet on Tuesday in pro forma session and there will be no votes or legislative business expected for that day.

“On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for legislative business and we will consider at least one resolution honoring Representative Giffords and honoring those who have fallen, including Federal Judge John Roll and Gabe Zimmerman, a member of Congresswoman Giffords' congressional staff.

“At the request of bipartisan Members from the Arizona delegation and the Democratic Leadership, it is my intention to not have a recorded vote for the resolution.  As Members know, however, we cannot assure that a recorded vote will not be requested.  We will continue to be in close contact with the Democratic Leadership regarding those matters, along with the substance of the resolution, and will relay them as they become available.

“For now, it is my recommendation that all Members of the House who can, return to Washington to honor those who have fallen and to receive any necessary security briefings from the U.S. Capitol Police.  I will defer on the latter issue to the Speaker and the Sergeant At Arms.”

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