WASHINGTON, D.C.--Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was on the House floor
for the first time since her shooting earlier this year, attending
the vote on the debt standoff compromise.

Fellow lawmakers crowded around Giffords to shake her hand when
she appeared Monday night on the House floor moments before House
passage of the compromise bill.

Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, was shot in the head in January
while meeting with constituents in her district. On the House
floor, she hugged and kissed fellow lawmakers as those in the
chamber applauded.

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