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Joining her colleagues in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords cast her vote today in favor of raising the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling which passed the House by a vote of 269-161. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure at noon tomorrow.
Through Facebook and Twitter, Rep. Giffords’s office posted: “Gabrielle has returned to Washington to support bipartisan bill to prevent economic crisis. Turn on C-SPAN now to see this historic moment.” It truly was historic – with every member of Congress on their feet, applauding and cheering as Rep. Giffords made her way to her seat in the chamber.
In a statement issued to the media by her office following the vote, Rep. Giffords said:
I have closely followed the debate over our debt ceiling and have 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.
I would say that Rep. Giffords not only cast a crucial vote at a crucial moment in our nation’s history, but her presence unified her colleagues on both sides of the aisle in a way that (likely) has not been seen since after September 11, 2001. After weeks of political turmoil and a bitter divide within and between the two parties over the nation’s debt ceiling, Rep. Giffords’s return to Capitol Hill created the unity among her colleagues that Americans have been yearning for even before the debt ceiling debate first began. And this further solidifies her well-deserved status as a true American heroine.