Among Debt Bill's 'Aye' Votes: Giffords

Arizona congresswoman returns to DC for historic debt ceiling vote
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2011 6:31 PM CDT
Gabrielle Giffords Returns, Votes in Favor of Debt Ceiling Bill
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, center, waves during her first time on the House floor since her shooting earlier this year, after a vote on the debt compromise Monday, Aug. 1, 2011.   (AP Photo/APTN)

Among House Democrats who crossed the aisle to vote in favor of tonight's debt ceiling bill was one for whom those steps were unthinkable just months ago: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made her return to Washington today to vote in favor of the measure, reports Politico. “Gabrielle has returned to Washington to support a bipartisan bill to prevent economic crisis," tweeted Giffords' office just before the vote. "Turn on C-SPAN now.” The Arizona rep cast her vote to applause and hugs from Democrats and Republicans alike, notes the Hill. (Read more Gabrielle Giffords stories.)

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