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Debt Ceiling Vote

August 2, 2011 by USA Post 

Debt Ceiling VoteDebt Ceiling Vote, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, absent from the U.S. Capitol since he was shot in the head in January, stole the show tonight.

As the U.S. House was vote on a bill to raise the debt ceiling, thunderous applause erupted when he entered the chamber Giffords.

The Arizona Democrat voted “yes” on the bill, which increases the nation and 14. 3 billion borrowing authority. She voted “no” on two previous increases in the debt ceiling in December 2009 and February 2010.

“I have closely followed the debate about our debt ceiling and have been deeply disappointed by what is happening in Washington,” Giffords said in a statement.

Although many Democrats found fault with the plan, said Giffords saw the move as an important tool to prevent a possible breach of the financial obligations of the United States. Among the opponents of the bill: her friend and fellow Democrat of Arizona, Rep. Raul Grijalva, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

“I firmly believe that cross the aisle for the good of the American people is more important than political parties. I had to be here for this vote. I could not run the risk that my absence would block our economy,” he said.

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