Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords casts deciding vote on Debt Deal – Her fist vote since an attempt was made on her Life in January. The Senate will hold its vote Tuesday at noon.
The House of Representatives decisively passed a bill tonight to raise the nation’s debt ceiling, capping months of negotiation between House Republicans and President Obama.
And Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, made her first appearance on Capitol Hill since being shot in her district in January. She voted in support of the deal that would raise the debt ceiling.
“Gabrielle has returned to Washington to support a bipartisan bill to prevent economic crisis,” read a tweet from her office account as the vote was starting.
Congressional leaders breathed a collective sigh of relief today after convincing members of congress to support the deal, which was made public only on Sunday night to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit and avert U.S. default.
The final vote was 269-161, much more support than had been anticipated. 175 Republicans and 95 Republicans voted for the compromise.