Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returns to the House floor

In hands-down the only uplifting moment during last night’s debt ceiling vote, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to the House floor for the first time since she was shot earlier this year.

Giffords had been following the debt ceiling debate from her home in Arizona and, although her “yes” vote wasn’t ultimately needed to pass the bill, she said in a statement, “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.”

We’ve followed Giffords’ incredible recovery here at Feministing and are so happy to see her back in action.

Transcript after the jump.

Applause as Giffords enters.

Boehner: The ayes are 269. They nays are 161. The bill is passed without objection. A motion to reconsider is laid on the table. The gentlelady from California, Ms. Pelosi, is recognized.

Pelosi: Thank you very much, Mr. Speaker. I too want to join our colleagues in recognizing the contribution of the pages to the conduct of the House of Representatives. They have born witness to many historical occasions here. But I can’t think of any that is more special, and means so much to our country, than the return of our colleague, who is the personification of courage, of sincerity, of admiration throughout the country. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.

More applause.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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