The House erupted across upright as you typed. H, 41, from public opinion and hospitalized much of the year, stood unaided to recognize these loud applause.
Cropped brown hair, wearing a turquoise jacket and a distinctive smile, Giffords embraced a stream of colleagues who flocked to it. Schulz Wasserman for Democratic Republic of the Congo Debbie (D-Calif.), who are among the closest friends in Congress, he was on the left side.
Photos: Gabrielle Giffords
"It was really inspirational to all members, Democrats and Republicans. Excited about seeing, "said REP. REP. Vern Buchanan's (R-Calif.).
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco), dabbed her eyes. Others went around the tissues.
"Her presence here … and the whole service in Congress, brings the value in this room, "Pelosi said, adding that" there is no one name that inspired more awe "throughout the country by Giffords '.
"It is a perfect example of entrenched," said the Democratic Republic of the Ted Poe (R-Texas).
It was the latest milestone in the Giffords ' recovery. She and 18 others were shot as acceptable ingredients Phoenix. Six people died. Jared Lee Loughner, 22, has been charged but incompetent lines to stand trial.
Giffords said in a statement that it was obliged to return to vote on the legislation of the debt ceiling Monday. Debate over the nation's growth-14.3 trillion debt ceiling was bitter, Socialist and divisive.
"Should be here for this vote. I could not take the chance that my absence could stop functioning of our economy, "said Giffords, who voted" aye. "the Bill passed easily.
The three-term Democrat was discharged from the hospital in June, where Houston was restored. Made a brief visit to the region on the weekend of his father, but otherwise remained with her husband, astronaut mark e. Kelly, outside Houston.
Kelly and the rest of the crew of space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to meet with President Obama in the White House on Tuesday.
"That will in time and effort to get back to Earth," said Vice President Joe Fawcett, who said he made a special trip to Congress, where he was going to Giffords. "I think about this. It is an incredible family ".