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Tributes to mark the week ahead in Congress

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By Felicia Sonmez
Monday, January 10, 2011; 9:36 AM

Legislative action in the House will come to a standstill this week following the shooting Saturday of 20 people, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), at a "Congress on Your Corner" event in Tucson.

The lower chamber is not in session Monday, but House Sergeant at Arms Bill Livingood requested Sunday that all members of Congress, staffers and visitors present on the House side of the Capitol join President Obama and the country at 11 a.m. in observing a moment of silence for the victims of the tragedy.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has also canceled her plans to attend the Detroit Auto Show on Monday.

On Tuesday, the House will meet at 2 p.m. in a pro-forma session, meaning there will be no votes or legislative business, according to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

On Wednesday, the House will convene at 10 a.m. for legislative business. The chamber will consider at least one resolution honoring Giffords and the other victims of the Tucson shooting. Leaders of both parties have also scheduled a special joint caucus conference during which Livingood, the Capitol Police and the FBI are expected to give members additional recommendations on security measures.

The House is not in session on Thursday or Friday. On both days, House Republicans will attend their previously-scheduled annual retreat in Baltimore. Democrats are scheduled to hold their retreat next week.

No details were immediately available on the timing of the House's vote on repealing the national health care overhaul; the vote was scheduled for Wednesday but has been postponed.

The Senate is in recess until Tuesday, Jan. 25.


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