House Postpones All Activity

The House of Representatives will grind to a halt next week, putting aside all legislative business in the wake of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' attempted assassination in Arizona today. Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced the decision in a statement, calling for a hold “so that we can take whatever actions may be necessary in light of today’s tragedy.” He continued: “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.’” Among the bills that were scheduled to be voted on was a repeal of health-care reform, a bill that Giffords was instrumental in supporting; the support resulted in her office being vandalized.