“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.”
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.