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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Returns to Congress for Vote on Debt Deal: VIDEO


Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the House for the first time since being shot in early January to vote on a compromise to raise the debt ceiling, in an emotional surprise moment that capped weeks of frustrating, contentious dealmaking:

Ms. Giffords waved and quickly was surrounded by her Democratic colleagues. Some Republicans crossed the aisle to see her, too, as she rose to wave again.

Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the minority leader, hailed the return of Ms. Giffords, saying: “There isn’t a name that stirs more love, more admiration, more respect, more wishing for our daughters to be like her than the name of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Thank you, Gabby.”

Giffords tweeted: "The #Capitol looks beautiful and I am honored to be at work tonight."

The House approved the deal 269-161.


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  1. THAT is what America is about... amazing. She is truly an inspiration to everyone.

    Posted by: Scott | Aug 1, 2011 9:55:24 PM

  2. So glad to have her back! Sometimes, there is a happy end.

    Posted by: Max | Aug 1, 2011 9:58:17 PM

  3. She is a true testament of courage and strength, good for her!

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Aug 1, 2011 10:30:18 PM

  4. Congresswoman Giffords showed tremendous courage in voting today and helping rouse some semblance of unity with our government officials. We may never know why Jared Loughner opened fire in his rampage several months back, when she was taken from her duties. He’s been found unfit to stand trial so we may never get answers but I still see him holding Sarah Palin’s hand at

    Posted by: Brandt Hardin | Aug 1, 2011 10:31:43 PM

  5. A triumph in many ways. For herself - just for her tenacious instinct to survive. For those who helped her survive, pushed her loved her, supported her. For those who were lost who not only believed in her but also in the process(es) that make us who we are as a country. For her constituents who have regained a voice. For those on both sides of the aisle who think that their cause is the only one that matters - because for a brief moment they just be humbled enough to realize life is more about who you are - not what you think you are.

    That aside - the Gloria Allred of Congress had to get her damn two cents in.

    Posted by: TyInTenn | Aug 1, 2011 10:36:39 PM

  6. There's no hope for this country when the vile scum like Brandt Hardin is not universally condemned. Especially by those who typically share his political views.

    Posted by: AG | Aug 1, 2011 10:41:08 PM

  7. Giffords' appearance back at the Capital bought a tear to my eye and a lump to my throat. I'm a little bummed that she chose this particular vote for her return, but if it gave some measure of grace to one of the most egregious Congressional battles of our time, then I suppose that's worth something no matter how she voted.

    As for Pelosi's remarks, she IS the leader of the House Democrats, and it was entirely proper for her to remark on the occasion - and her remarks seem to have been quite perfect for it.

    Posted by: Zlick | Aug 1, 2011 11:13:22 PM

  8. Nothing short of incredible, the determination and strength shown by Gabrielle. I'm SO glad she's back, in any capacity, because much more than most of her colleagues she represents our community in its fight for full equality.

    Posted by: sparks | Aug 1, 2011 11:20:10 PM

  9. Very happy to see her return to congress. Too bad she voted "yes" for that stinking turd of Republican legislation. At least she has an excuse for doing so. How about the other 94 Democrats that voted for it?

    Posted by: DearComrade | Aug 1, 2011 11:39:30 PM

  10. I was thrilled to hear and see her return to Congress to cast this vote. The bill was yet another "hard to swallow" piece of legislation that she thought important to return and vote on. There will be many who disagree with this bill including me, but that's another discussion. Welcome back Gaby Giffords!

    Posted by: Redebbm | Aug 2, 2011 12:32:56 AM

  11. So wonderful she is getting better. All the best for her.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Aug 2, 2011 4:07:33 AM

  12. This is a cynical publicity stunt. How many elderly will be denied the social security checks they paid for because of this vote? How many sick will die because they will be denied medicare? The suffering and pain caused by the budget cuts agreed to in this bill outweigh a hundred thousand fold the good of this story. You should be ashamed of yourself for being so easily swayed by such a transparent and manipulative PR stunt. This bill is death to seniors and the sick. It's you being robbed by plutocrats, one woman walking onto a floor doesn't change the absolute evil this bill represents. And the drama that brought it about will likely cause massive financial damage to America. Millions of people's lives and prosperity hang in the balance. The future of the nation hangs in the balance. This story is a distraction from the betrayal our government has perpetrated upon us, and it's the perpetrators that arranged it that are guilty of insensitivity, not me.

    Posted by: Scott | Aug 2, 2011 4:58:42 AM

  13. Scott, hers wasn't the deal-passing vote. The whole thing sucks. As a long-time Obama supporter, this is among the first few times where I've said F you to him and realized he doesn't understand his power and shouldn't wield it.

    When Bush Jr. could achieve so much more with so much less (on many levels), it's tragic.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 2, 2011 8:17:13 AM

  14. I'm glad she's doing better but this was just good PR for a crappy bill.

    Posted by: Codswallop | Aug 2, 2011 1:42:35 PM

  15. What Scott said.

    And shame on them for using her this way. And shame on her for going along with it.

    Posted by: BobN | Aug 2, 2011 2:31:19 PM

  16. I really am glad she's better and simultaneously, I feel this was an exceptional PR move. We can all agree that it's not a coincidence she showed up for the one voting session that many Democrat-registered voters (in the public) were very unhappy with. I think her appearance tempered any disdain for the entire session.

    Posted by: Drew | Aug 3, 2011 1:32:46 AM

  17. great news

    Posted by: glass table | Aug 20, 2011 11:44:46 PM

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