Emotional Video: Gabrielle Giffords casts 1st vote since shooting as House passes Debt Ceiling Bill.

Via on Aug 1, 2011

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“After weeks of failed debate in Washington, I was pleased to see a solution to this crisis emerge,” Giffords said. 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.”

This is first roll call vote since Jan. 7 that Giffords wasn’t listed under “Not Voting.”

An emotional moment as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returns to the house floor in historic fashion.

“Everybody’s heart was so grizzled and hardened,” she said. When she walked into the room, “everybody’s heart just melted.”

Read all about the moment here.

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Ben Riggs is the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist & Christian spirituality and politics for The Good Men Project, Elephant Journal, The Web of Enlightenment, and is the editor & chief for Henry Harbor--an online magazine concerned with art, culture, spirituality, & politics in the deep South. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Looking for a real bio? Click here to read my story....

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