House Expected to Resume Health Care Repeal Next Week

By John R Parkinson

Jan 13, 2011 1:30pm

ABC News’ John R. Parkinson reports:

After delaying a vote in the House of Representatives to repeal the health care reform law this week in the wake of the shooting in Tucson, Arizona last weekend, a top Republican leadership aide says that the attempt to overturn the controversial law is expected to resume next week.

“As the White House noted, it is important for Congress to get back to work, and to that end we will resume thoughtful consideration of the health care bill next week,” Brad Dayspring, spokesman for Majority Leader Eric Cantor, said.  

Cantor, R-Virginia, had delayed two days of scheduled legislative business this week in the wake of Saturday’s massacre in Tucson, Arizona that critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, left six dead and 12 others shot.

Members from both sides of the aisle in the House of Representatives streamed to the floor Wednesday to speak out against the shooting before unanimously passing a resolution denouncing the attempted assassination on Giffords, D-Arizona, and honoring the victims and heroes of the tragedy.

House Democrats and Republicans also received security briefings Wednesday before holding a bipartisan prayer service in the Capitol.

With the House out of session next Monday on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act could come to the floor as soon as Tuesday.

Americans have legitimate concerns about the cost of the new health care law and its effect on the ability to grow jobs in our country,” Dayspring said. “It is our expectation that the debate will continue to focus on those substantive policy differences surrounding the new law.”

The House has set aside seven hours of debate on the repeal law. If the House maintains its pace, a vote to topple the legislation could be possible as soon as next Wednesday afternoon.

Prior to the shooting, repeal was expected to pass in the House of Representatives, but its chances at passing in the Senate were thought to be unlikely. Even if a potential Senate vote to repeal the law passed, it does not appear likely that either chamber of Congress has the votes to override a presidential veto.

The House will meet at 2:00 p.m. for legislative business on Tuesday. Dayspring says the official detailed floor schedule will be released Friday.

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