U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who recuperated in Houston from a shooting, made her first appearance back in Congress today, receiving a standing ovation.
She voted yes on the debt-ceiling deal.
From her press office:
"I have closely followed the debate over our debt ceiling and have been deeply disappointed at what's going on in Washington," Giffords said. "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."
From her Twitter account:
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The #Capitol looks beautiful and I am honored to be at work tonight.