WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- House Lawmakers are to vote next week on a bill repealing the sweeping health-care law, a top House Republican said, a week after the matter was delayed in the wake of the shooting in Arizona.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) said Thursday lawmakers would resume their regularly scheduled work next week.
"As the White House noted, 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," Mr. Cantor said in a statement released by his office.
"Americans have legitimate concerns about the cost of the new health care law and its effect on the ability to grow jobs in our country. It is our expectation that the debate will continue to focus on those substantive policy differences surrounding the new law."
Congressional leaders halted consideration of the health-care repeal bill after a shooting spree in Tucson saw six people killed and a Democratic House lawmaker critically wounded.
Instead, lawmakers have spent the week honoring their colleague, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and the other victims of the tragedy.
Given the size of the GOP majority in the House, the vote is widely expected to be successful in that chamber. But the matter is unlikely to be taken up by the Senate, which Democrats still control.
Democrats view the health-care overhaul as their signature domestic policy achievement during the first two years of President Barack Obama's term.
Republicans have said they will pursue alternatives to the existing health-care law, although so far they haven't divulged details of what their plan would look like.
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