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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords makes appearance on House floor for debt ceiling vote

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While the U.S. House of Representatives cast a vote passing the bill that will raise the debt ceiling, the biggest stir may have been the appearance of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on the House Floor.

Giffords, a Representative from Arizona, was shot in the head back in January by a man now labeled as crazy. She survived the attack and has been recovering ever since. Many say that she has been making remarkable progress, but that there is still a long way to go in her rehabilitation.

According to media reports, the legislation today was passed in an emergency session. For months the Republicans and Democrats have been fighting things out over the raising of the debt ceiling. Yesterday the President and members of both houses said that a deal had been reached.

Giffords stole the show, however, as the entire House erupted in thunderous applause when she stepped into the House chambers to make her voice known. It was her first appearance back there since the shooting.

The bill passed the house with a vote of 269-161. Now it is up to the Senate to sign off on the bill and for the President to sign it.

Giffords is married to a former NASA space shuttle astronaut. She has been seen outside of her hospital to pose for some pictures and to see her husband’s space shuttle launch. At the time doctors said that she was recovering well, but that she still had serious problems and a long way to go before she could be considered truly healthy.

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