Baltimore (CNN) – After a weeklong pause in legislative business to honor the victims of the Arizona massacre, House Republicans intend to resume regular congressional business next week with a vote to repeal the health care law, a top GOP aide said Thursday.
"Americans have legitimate concerns about the cost of the new health care law and its affect on the ability to grow jobs in our country," said Brad Dayspring, spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia.
The health care repeal vote had been scheduled for this week, but GOP leaders postponed it after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, was wounded and six people were killed by a gunman Saturday.
In the wake of the shooting spree in Arizona, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have talked about working harder to create a more civil discourse. Dayspring's statement subtly suggested that Republicans understand that the tone and tenor of debate - even on a deeply partisan and emotional issue like health care - will be closely watched.
"It is our expectation that the debate will continue to focus on those substantive policy differences surrounding the new law," he said.
While a successful repeal vote would fulfill a GOP campaign promise, the measure is considered to have virtually no chance of surviving either the Democratic-controlled Senate or a promised presidential veto.
Democrats have strongly criticized the new Republican majority for pushing for a final vote on the health care measure without allowing consideration of any amendments, which they have characterized as a violation of GOP pledges for a more open legislative process.
Democrats have also seized on a recent analysis by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, which concluded that a repeal of the health care overhaul will add $230 billion to the federal debt over the next decade.
Dayspring's announcement came as House Republicans prepared for a three-day retreat in Baltimore. While members of the new House majority were already scheduled to attend meetings with GOP governors, pollsters and experts on the economy, Republican aides now say questions of how to operate in light of the Tucson shooting also will be discussed.
– CNN's Alan Silverleib contributed to this report
I think the Republican victory is marred to undo the presidents achievement and progress he ha shown to put our country back on track. They are covered by the best insurance but they have the audacity to play with the health of the average citizen. Selfishness and arrogance has been the Republicans stance which will put our country in danger. the American people are very smart an I hope they keep a watchful eye on the Republicans that there hot air rhetoric doe not ruin us. I the speaker of the house stop his rhetoric and threats that he will repeal the health care legislation. I think this is very rude of the Republicans to even think about it when thay themselves are guaranteed the best health care in the country at ther expenses of the American voters. Talk is cheap, progress and bipartisan are admirable. So stop to ruin the progress of the president and the Democrats. this is time to go forward and not backwards. Let them remember a Healthy nation is a productive society. Let them remember that tha middle class also deserves affordable health coverage and not forget the 40000000 that do not have a health coverage.
don't waste your time or our money. don't repeal just because you didn't participate
Glad they have time to waste on something they won't win. Maybe then they will get down to the real business. Nothing has changed in two years since they were voted out, oh well the american people have spoken (with blinders on i think)
GOP, the party of waste, greed, and debauchery will be in full bloom.
It will be interesting to see if they keep "job killer" in the title of their repeal effort...
Yeah, especially get rid of the healthcare that helps the mentally ill because as you all know rethuglicans, thats is not needed...
After a mentally ill man shoots Arizonans, you think healthcare for ALL is not needed?
"Americans have legitimate concerns about the cost of the new health care law and its affect on the ability to grow jobs in our country". And who put those concerns into our head? Republicans looking to retake their power.
FINALLY! Get back to work and "Get 'er done!" I mean "Get her repealed and replaced!"