Gabrielle Giffords

August 2, 2011 by USA Post 

Gabrielle GiffordsGabrielle Giffords, Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) surprised to Congress Monday night, when the vote came the debt ceiling 11 hours on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Arizona Congressman received at least three rounds of prolonged applause from colleagues as he entered the Capitol building for the first time since he was shot in the head in Tucson in January.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Giffords acknowledged on the floor, saying she is “the personification of courage, honesty, admiration across the country.”

“Throughout America, there is a name that arouses more love, more admiration, more respect, rather than wish for our daughters to be like her the name Gabby Giffords,” said Pelosi.

Giffords was all smiles, was greeted with hugs and handshakes and surrounded by her colleagues. It’s been less than two months since her release from Houston TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital. Upon her release, doctors may take months or even years of intensive therapy for her to relearn to walk and talk.

The congressman was killed on January 8 during a meeting with constituents in Arizona Safeway. The gunman was Loughner Jared Lee, who ended up killing six people.

His return to Washington on Monday, wrote on her Facebook page, “The Capitol # looks beautiful and I am honored to be at work tonight.”

Giffords returned to Washington to support the bipartisan bill “to prevent the economic crisis”, as its Facebook page.

She voted for the bill, which would reduce federal spending by at least 2.1 trillion and more than a decade and the debt limit will be increased at least that well.

The measure passed the House 269-161.

“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.

“After weeks of debate not in Washington, I had the pleasure of seeing a solution to this crisis emerges. I firmly believe that cross the aisle for the good of the American people is more important than political parties.”

He added: “I had to be here for this vote. I could not run the risk that my absence would block our economy.”

The bill goes to the Senate for a vote on Tuesday.

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