Just seven months after being shot in her head in a failed assassination attempt, Arizona Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords returned to the floor of the House of Representatives on Monday to thunderous applause from the entire congregation.
With less than five minutes remaining in the vote to approve a bill to raise the debt ceiling, the applause started as Mrs. Giffords made her way into the chamber. Some house members indicated that they initially thought the President himself entered the room.
Mrs. Giffords said that she “closely followed the debate over our debt ceiling,” and has been deeply disappointed at what’s going on in Washington.
“After weeks of failed debate in Washington, I was pleased to see a solution to this crisis emerge. I strongly believe that crossing the aisle for the good of the American people is more important than party politics. I had to be here for this vote. I could not take the chance that my absence could crash our economy.”
An inspiration to us all!