WASHINGTON -- Business of the U.S. House of Representatives has been derailed following the deadly shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz., that left six people dead and Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life in a local hospital.
Sunday, Republicans now in charge of the House put off the up-or-down vote on repealing President Barack Obama's health care reform law often labeled Obamacare, as well as all other regular House business.
They said after the shooting of Rep. Giffords and the death of one of her staffers, House members need a little time to step back, think, consider security matters and recover.
"The normal business of the House in the coming week has been postponed so that we can take necessary action regarding yesterday's events," House Speaker John Boehner told reporters Sunday.
House Democrats and Republicans, along with their spouses, came together from across the nation via conference calls to discuss security and concerns in the aftermath of the Tucson massacre.
Boehner assured the shooting would not deter the House from returning soon to business, or keep lawmakers from their job.
"This inhumane act should not and will not detour us from our calling to represent our constituents and to fulfill our oath of office," he said. "No act no matter how heinous must be allowed to stop us from our duty."
Boehner and the other newly-empowered Republicans wanted to kick off the 112th Congress with a clear statement by voting to repeal Obamacare as one of their very first acts.
Many Republicans credited their opposition to the health care law for huge gains in the midterm elections. Many defeated Democrats also believe they lost because they'd voted for the controversial legislation.
It was largely because of her support for the health care law that Rep. Giffords faced her toughest re-election battle last year, winning by just a few thousand votes over a Tea Party-backed candidate.