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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

House Vote to Repeal Health Care Law Postponed in Wake of Shooting

There has been a delay in the House vote to repeal the health care reform law in the wake of the shooting Jan. 8 that critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). BNA reports that

the House will take up a commemorative resolution Jan. 12 on the House floor honoring Giffords, who is in critical condition at a hospital in Tucson, Ariz., and those who died in the Tucson shooting. A previously scheduled Jan. 12 vote on a bill (H.R. 2) to repeal President Obama's health care overhaul has been postponed, and it is unclear when a vote on the legislation will be held. Several press briefings by lawmakers and stakeholder groups scheduled to be held before the Jan. 12 vote also have been postponed.

The House Jan. 7 voted 236-181 to approve a rule (H. Res. 26) governing debate on the repeal bill. The rule provides for seven hours of debate on the bill and does not allow any amendments. Four Democrats joined Republicans in voting for the rule.The rule was approved after a debate in which Republicans said the health care law is hampering job creation and economic growth and is too costly. Democrats said the law will provide new consumer protections, extend the life of the Medicare Part A trust fund, and provide health care coverage to millions of Americans.

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