Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced Saturday that the House would postpone work on a health care repeal measure and all other legislation in the wake of a deadly attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).
In a statement released by his office Saturday night, Cantor announced that “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.”
Cantor’s office was expected to provide more details Sunday.
Leadership was also believed to be working on activities surrounding the tragedy, although what that would entail remained unclear.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.