"The House will begin debating the health care repeal bill next week, following a week when legislative action was halted after the Tucson shooting tragedy," the Boston Globe writes. " House majority leader Eric Cantor’s office said yesterday that debate on the bill, which passed a procedural hurdle last Friday, is expected to begin when the House convenes on Tuesday. A vote is expected on Wednesday."
The Washington Post adds, “[N]o one quite knows what normal will look like, following a wrenching week in which members confronted concerns about their own safety and whether their heated rhetoric played any role in last Saturday's shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and 18 others.”
The New York Times: “In a statement, Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for the office of the majority leader, Eric Cantor of Virginia, said, ‘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.’”
National Journal's Charlie Cook: "Much of the speculation about the implications of the tragic Tucson shooting has centered on whether it will lead to any meaningful change in the incendiary rhetoric that has been on the rise in American political campaigns and on Internet sites, cable television, and talk radio. A more productive line of thought is to look at whether the tragedy will change the strategy and tactics of the new Republican majority in the House and, more broadly, the 100 GOP freshmen in the House and Senate."
He adds, "The Tucson rampage is unlikely to change Republicans’ political philosophies or positions. It may serve, however, as a strong signal that they should approach things more cautiously and think before saying anything that a typical swing voter might find extreme. Members from safe districts are pretty insulated from blowback if they use extreme language, but in the world of the Internet and 24/7 cable TV, a particularly strident statement can hurt their colleagues who may not have the luxury of representing a ruby-red district."
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer likes the idea of commingled bipartisan seating at the State of the Union. The idea was pitched by centrist group Third Way and also endorsed by Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO). Also endorsing the idea is Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and John McCain (R-AZ).