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.”
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.