A rare bit of Congressional good news: Rep. Giffords returns (UPDATE: VIDEO ADDED)

Posted by: ST on August 1, 2011 at 7:39 pm

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Rep. Giffords returns

Rep. Giffords returns to the US House - 8/1/11

Here’s video of Giffords as Congressional colleagues greet her on the House floor (starts about 2 minutes in):

She was there to vote on the “bipartisan” House measure that would raise the debt ceiling, assuming the Senate concurs. Fox News reports:

The House passed a bipartisan deal to raise the debt ceiling in an 11th-hour vote Monday despite grumbling from liberals and conservatives, who stretched the bounds of rhetoric to express their distaste for it.

The 269-161, was also notable for marking Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ return to the House for the first time since she was critically injured in a shooting in Tucson, Ariz. Giffords voted yes.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, emerging briefly Monday afternoon to speak with reporters, said he was not ready “declare victory yet.” But he and his GOP counterpart, Sen. Mitch McConnell, expressed confidence they could push the bill through “quickly.”

Got mixed emotions on the bill, but nothing but good feelings about Giffords returning. Haven’t read any reports yet as to whether or not this is a permanent return or symbolic, but either way, it’s good to see her on the floor of the US House.

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8 Responses to “A rare bit of Congressional good news: Rep. Giffords returns (UPDATE: VIDEO ADDED)”


  1. Carlos says:

    All the extremist left is screaming about the lack of “compromise” on the part of TEA partiers.

    Well, let’s see. The debt ceiling is lifted to an absurd new high. Score one for the commies.

    Although we will “save” two trillion dollars over the next ten years, the national debt will increase by another 7 trillion dollars minimum. Score another one for the commies.

    Boehner, McConnell et al stepped in it again, gave away the farm (and country) again, lost any advantage the Repubs MAY have had over the Democraps again, and walk away smiling about it again. Score yet another one for the commies.

    And finally, there is no requirement to go for a balanced budget amendment, a “sacred cow” to the TEA partiers. Still another one for the commies.

    Yep, there’s no doubt about it, the terrorists won.

  2. nina says:

    Just read they did not tell Boehner about Giffords’ return till one hour before the vote. She looks great considering what she went through. May G-d bless her.

  3. Bill G. says:

    Carlos, you’re singing my tune. It sure looks to me like they’ve once again managed to seize defeat from the jaws of victory.
    All the “cuts” are based on the future congresscritters going along with them.
    After next year we might get something done, but for now it’s too late to reach for the lubricant.

  4. Jim McDonald says:

    I’m glad Rep. Giffords is doing better, but should she really still be in Congress? I mean if she was a medical Doctor, would you let her treat your child?

  5. H Hazell says:

    Carlos: You’re spot on regarding how much we “save” from future “cuts” in spending. Hopefully more realize that cuts can only occur from an existing budget; basically, removing dollars from those already approved by law. Throttling the growth of the debt is the talking point the politicians use in an attempt to pursuade us they’ve actually done something.

  6. Paul says:

    I wish Ms Giffords well regardless of her politics…

  7. bill glass says:

    I do hope she recovers fully, but in even the most positive realistic outlook, there’s a lot of damage. I do side with Jim McD on this, but many in the congress seem afflicted with something that affects their thinking, so she might bring up the average.

  8. Lorica says:

    I am happy her recovery is coming along to a point where she is able to do this. Perhaps she will be able to return. I just heard her spokesperson say she is uncertain if she is even going to run for relection. – Lorica