Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) Resignation & Tributes

Updated : Sep 12, 2019 in Articles

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) Resignation & Tributes


PE ANY MEMBER WISH TO CHANGE HER VOTE? ON THIS VOTE THE YEAS ARE 338. THE NOES ARE 70.
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2/3 OF THOSE VOTING HAVING RESPONDED IN THE AFFIRMATIVE THE RULES ARE SUSPENDED, THE BILL IS PASSED, AND WITHOUT OBJECTION THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER IS LAID UPON THE TABLE. THE HOUSE WILL BE IN ORDER. MEMBERS COULD TAKE THEIR SEATS. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA RISE? MR. SPEAKER, I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER. WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED. ALL OF US COME TO FLOOR TODAY, COLLEAGUES OF CONGRESSWOMAN GABBY GIFFORDS, TO SALUTE HER AS THE BRIGHTEST STAR AMONG US, THE BRIGHTEST STAR CONGRESS HAS EVER SEEN. WHEN SHE CAME TO CONGRESS AND IN HER SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP HERE, GABBY GIFFORDS BROUGHT TO WASHINGTON AND THE CAPITOL THE VIEWS OF A NEW GENERATION OF NATIONAL LEADER, FROM THIS FLOOR SHE HAS SPOKEN OUT COURAGEOUSLY AND LED BOLDLY, AT TIMES THAT DEMANDED BOTH. SINCE THE TRAGIC EVENTS OF ONE YEAR AGO, CONGRESSWOMAN GIFFORDS HAS BECOME AN INSPIRING SYMBOL OF DETERMINATION AND COURAGE TO MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. SHE HAS BROUGHT THE WORD DIGNITY TO NEW HEIGHTS BY HER COURAGE. CONGRESSWOMAN GIFFORDS’ MESSAGE OF BIPARTISANSHIP AND CIVILITY IS ONE THAT ALL IN WASHINGTON AND IN THE NATION SHOULD HONOR AND EMULATE. AS GABBY SAID IN HER VIDEO, WHICH MOVED US ALL SO MUCH THIS WEEKEND, WE CAN DO SO MUCH MORE BY WORKING TOGETHER. IN THAT VAIN, MR. SPEAKER, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE COURTESIES EXTENDED TO ENABLE
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TAKE PLACE TODAY. THIS EXTRAORDINARY CEREMONY TO THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. S WITH YOUR PERMISSION I’D LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE GABBY’S MOTHER WHO IS WITH US TODAY, GLORIA AND HER FATHER, SPENCER, WHO IS WATCHING FROM TUCSON. GLORIA. WE THANK YOU AND WE THANK COMMANDER MARK KELLY, A HERO IN HIS OWN RIGHT AS A ASTRONAUT, A HERO IN HIS OWN RIGHT AS A ASTRONAUT, AND COMMANDER OF A MISSION, BUT ALSO OUR PERSONAL HERO FOR THE CARE AND LOVE THAT
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HE HAS GIVEN TO GABBY OVER THIS PAST YEAR. OH, AND BEFORE THAT TO HELP MAKE HER AS GLORIA AND SPENCER HAVE THE PERSON THAT SHE IS. I JOIN ALL, I THINK ALL OF OUR COLLEAGUES JOIN US IN THANKING YOU, GABBY, FOR THE HONOR OF CALLING YOU COLLEAGUE AND WISHING YOU AND MARK MUCH HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS. YOU WILL BE MISSED IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, BUT YOUR LEGACY IN THIS CONGRESS AND YOUR LEADERSHIP IN OUR NATION WILL CERTAINLY ENDURE. SO THANK YOU FOR BEING WHO YOU ARE, FOR LIFTING OUR COUNTRY AT A VERY IMPORTANT AND SAD TIME AND WE WISH YOU AGAIN MUCH SUCCESS WITH GREAT GRATITUDE, OF ADMIRATION, AND AFFECTION. YOU CONGRESSWOMAN GABBY GIFFORDS. DOES THE GENTLEMAN SEEK RECOGNITION ON MY PRIVILEGE TO YIELD THE FLOOR TO THE DISTINGUISHED MAJORITY LEADER OF THE HOUSE, REPRESENTATIVE CANTOR. I THANK THE LEADER. MR. SPEAKER, A LITTLE MORE THAN A YEAR AGO AMERICA WITNESSED A HEINOUS ATTACK ON CONGRESSWOMAN GABBY GIFFORDS, HER STAFF, AND THE CITIZENS OF TUCSON. THIS ATTACK TOOK SIX INNOCENT LIVES, INCLUDING GABE ZIMMERMAN’S. INJURED 13, AND SHOOK ALL OF US IN THE CONGRESSIONAL COMMUNITY AND IN FACT OUR NATION TO ITS CORE. THIS ATTACK WAS A STARK REMINDER THAT EVEN IN THIS COUNTRY WHERE FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION ARE THE CORNER STONES OF OUR DEMOCRACY, CITIZENS AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS CAN FACE VIOLENCE AND DANGER. WE WILL NEVER FORGET THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIFE ON THAT FATEFUL DAY OR THE BRAVE EFFORTS OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND A VERY SPECIAL INTERN WHO RESPONDED IN THE EMERGENCY. MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW I SPEAK FOR ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES WHEN I SAY WE ARE INSPIRED, HOPEFUL, AND BLESSED FOR THE INCREDIBLE PROGRESS THAT GABBY HAS MADE IN HER RECOVERY. GABBY’S COURAGE, HER STRENGTH, AND HER DOWN RIGHT FORTITUDE ARE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US AND ALL AMERICANS. AS GABBY LEAVES THE HOUSE TODAY, MR. SPEAKER, SHE’S DECIDED TO FOCUS HER INJURIES ON RECOVERY, BUT SHE HAS REFUSED TO GIVE UP HER FIGHT FOR THE PEOPLE OF HER BELOVED ARIZONA AND HER COUNTRY. AND AS SUCH, TODAY, WE WILL VOTE ON HER LEGISLATION TO HELP SECURE OUR NATION’S SOUTHWESTERN BORDER. GABBY’S BILL GIVES LAW ENFORCEMENT GREATER AUTHORITY TO PENALIZE THOSE WHO SEEK TO DO US HARM BY ENGAGING IN
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BORDER. ILLEGAL ACTIVITY ALONG THE I COMMEND GABBY FOR HER THIS AND HER UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO A SAFER, MORE SECURE AMERICA. FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS CONGRESSWOMAN GABBY GIFFORDS HAS SERVED ARIZONA’S EIGHTH DISTRICT WITH DEDICATION AND DIGNITY. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS HERE AND THANK HER STAFF AND THEIR EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE, DEDICATION, AND, YES, COURAGE, DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES. MR. SPEAKER, I ESPECIALLY WANT TO RECOGNIZE HER CHIEF OF STAFF, PIA I KNOW HAVING MET WITH PIA PERSONALLY, HER HAVING WORKED WITH OUR OFFICE, SHE HAS DEMONSTRATED INCREDIBLE DEDICATION TO HER CO-WORKERS, TO YOU, GABBY, AND, MR. SPEAKER, SHE HAS DEMONSTRATED UNPARALLELED LEADERSHIP FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE EIGHTH DISTRICT OF ARIZONA. TO THAT I KNOW THEY ARE AND WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL. ON SUNDAY, MR. SPEAKER, I RECEIVED A CALL FROM CAPTAIN MARK KELLY, AS WE ALL KNOW GABBY’S HUSBAND, WHO INFORMED ME OF GABBY’S DECISION. MARK HAS BEEN STEADFAST IN HIS HIS WIFE AND FOREVER BY HER SIDE AS HER BEST FRIEND AND PARTNER. THOUGH GABBY MAY BE LEAVING WASHINGTON TODAY, I KNOW THIS WON’T BE THE LAST WE SEE OF HER OR MARK. WE WISH YOU, GABBY, WE WISH MARK TOGETHER THE BEST AS THEY CONTINUE THE PROCESS OF GABBY’S RECOVERY. I WILL SAY ONCE AGAIN, MR. SPEAKER, CONGRESSWOMAN GABBY GIFFORDS’ STRENGTH AGAINST ALL ODDS SERVES AND WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE AS A DAILY INSPIRATION TO ALL OF US. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I YIELD BACK. THE GENTLELADY FROM CALIFORNIA.
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THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I THANK THE LEADER. NOW PLEASED TO YIELD TO GABBY’S
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FRIEND, DISTINGUISHED MINORITY WHIP OF THE HOUSE, CONGRESSMAN HOYER.
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I THANK THE LEADER FOR YIELDING. I THANK THE SPEAKER FOR ENSURING THAT WE WOULD HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO OUR FRIEND, GABBY GIFFORDS. I THANK THE MAJORITY LEADER FOR HIS COMMENTS. NONE OF US ON THIS FLOOR ARE TALENTED ENOUGH TO SUMMON THE RHETORIC THAT ALL OF US FEEL IN OUR HEARTS. WE HAVE YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN ARRAYED ON THE FIELDS IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, AND OTHER TROUBLED SPOTS IN THE WORLD. THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY. AND TOO MANY OF THEM ARE INJURED ON THOSE FIELDS. OUR BELOVED COLLEAGUE, GABRIELLE GIFFORDS, WAS INJURED ON THE FIELD IN THE EXERCISE OF THAT DEMOCRACY. AND IN BEING INJURED, SHE HAS BECOME AN EXAMPLE FOR US, FOR ALL AMERICANS, INDEED ALL THE WORLD OF COURAGE, OF CLARITY OF PURPOSE, OF GRACE, OF RESPONSIBILITY, OF A SENSE OF DUTY. WHICH SHE EXERCISES THIS DAY. I LOVE GABBY GIFFORDS. I WAS HONORED WHEN SHE FIRST RAN FOR OFFICE BEFORE SHE WAS ELECTED TO GO TO HER DISTRICT AS I HAVE DONE FOR SO MANY THIS COUNTRY, TO STAND BY HER SIDE, TO WALK DOWN THE STREETS OF HER COMMUNITY WITH HER, TO SEE IN HER THE BEAUTY NOT ONLY OF PERSON, MANY OF US SEE THE OUTWARD VISSAGE OF US ALL, BUT GABBY’S BEAUTY IS IN THE HEART. IN THE SOUL, IN THE SPIRIT. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF AMERICA HAS BEEN MADE PROUD BY THIS EXTRAORDINARY DAUGHTER OF THIS HOUSE WHO SERVED SO WELL DURING HER TENURE HERE, WHO FELT SO DEEPLY ABOUT HER CONSTITUENTS AND CARED SO MUCH FOR HER COUNTRY. WE LOVE YOU. WE HAVE MISSED YOU. MR. SPEAKER, I DON’T KNOW WHETHER YOU WERE ABLE TO HEAR THAT RESPONSE AS GABBY LOOKED WITH THAT EXTRAORDINARY SMILE, THE TWINKLE IN HER EYES AS SHE SAID TO ME AND TO ALL OF YOU, AND I MISS YOU. DO ANY OF US DOUBT THAT THAT IS THE CASE? PIA, WE ARE BLESSED IN THIS HOUSE TO BE SERVED BY EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE OF WHICH YOU ARE A PERFECT EXAMPLE, A PEOPLE WHO LOVE US BUT LOVE THEIR COUNTRY EVEN MORE, WHO SERVE OUR CONSTITUENTS SO EXTRAORDINARILY WELL, WHO DAY CARE FOR US AND CARE FOR THE WORK THAT WE DO WHICH WE COULD NOT DO, PIA, WITHOUT PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF AND ALL OF YOUR COLLEAGUES THAT WE CALL STAFF. THANK YOU. MR. SPEAKER, GOD HAS BLESSED GABRIELLE GIFFORDS AND HE HAS SENT A BLESSING TO ALL OF US IN THE PERSON OF GABRIELLE GIFFORDS, AND GOD BLESSED GABBY AS WELL WITH AN EXTRAORDINARY MOM AND DAD AND AN EXTRAORDINARY PARTNER IN LIFE. MARK, WE OWE YOU A DEBT OF GRATITUDE. OUR COUNTRY OWES YOU A DEBT OF GRATITUDE. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN YOU AND GABBY WILL BE RETURNING HERE, RETURN TO FULL HEALTH AND FULL ABILITY TO SERVE. GABBY, AMERICA THANKS YOU. IT THANKS YOU FOR THE EXAMPLE THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN, OF OVERCOMING ADVERSITY AND DOING SO WITH THE SPIRIT UNPARALLELED. GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD SPEED. MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW THAT EVERY MEMBER IN THE HOUSE WOULD LIKE TO ASSOCIATE HIMSELF OR HERSELF WITH THE REMARKS OF OUR DISTINGUISHED MAJORITY LEADER AND DEMOCRATIC WHIP, ESPECIALLY IN REGARDS TO GABBY, OF COURSE, BUT ALSO PIA. IT IS SOMETHING THAT EVERY DAY WE HAVE THE CHAPLAIN OR THE GUEST CHAPLAIN COME TO THE FLOOR AND ASK GOD’S BLESSING ON THIS HOUSE. ONE OF THOSE BLESSINGS TO US HAS CERTAINLY BEEN THE LEADERSHIP AND THE LIFE AND SERVICE THAT WILL CONTINUE FOR MANY YEARS TO COME OF CONGRESSWOMAN GABBY GIFFORDS. WE FOCUS ON HER. SHE IS OUR FRIEND. WE LOOK AT HER REMARKABLE RECOVERY WITH GREAT PRIDE. SHE ALSO CARRIES IN HER NEED FOR RECOVERY THE SORROW OF SO MANY OTHERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES TODAY. SO THE APPARENT PHYSICAL RECOVERY THAT WE SEE IS SOMETHING EVEN MORE THAN WE COULD EVER IMAGINE FOR THE CHALLENGE THAT CONGRESSWOMAN GIFFORDS HAS FACED.
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GOD GAVE HER A VERY SPECIAL MISSION. HE GAVE IT TO GABBY GIFFORDS BECAUSE HE KNEW SHE COULD CARRY THAT BURDEN BECAUSE HE HAD BLESSED HER WITH SO MANY, MANY GIFTS AND A VERY LOVING FAMILY TO MAKE HER THE PERSON THAT SHE IS. HOW FORTUNATE WE HAVE ALL BEEN TO BE PART OF HER LIFE UNTIL NOW AND HOPEFULLY FOR A LONG TIME TO COME. SHE WILL MISS US. IT IS — SO NOW IT IS WITH VERY MIXED EMOTIONS, MR. SPEAKER, THAT I YIELD TO GABBY’S VERY GOOD AND CLOSE FRIEND, I SAY MIXED EMOTIONS BECAUSE WE WANT HER TO STAY WITH US, INTELLECTUALLY KNOWN, GABBY HAS MADE THE RIGHT DECISION. HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE LIBERATING FOR HER IN MANY WAYS. BUT THAT SHE GOES WITHOUT KNOWING THE CLOSE TIES WE ALL FEEL PERSONALLY TO HER. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, IT IS MY HONOR TO YIELD TO A VERY CLOSE FRIEND OF GABBY, A LEADER IN THIS HOUSE, CONGRESSWOMAN DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. THE GENTLELADY FROM FLORIDA IS RECOGNIZED. IF I COULD ASK MY COLLEAGUE TO JOIN ME AT THE WELL. THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER, AND MADAM LEADER. MR. WHIP AND MAJORITY LEADER, I COULDN’T PREPARE ANYTHING THIS MORNING BECAUSE I KNEW I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO HOLD THIS TOGETHER VERY LONG. I AM SO PROUD OF MY FRIEND AND IT WILL ALWAYS BE ONE OF THE GREAT TREASURES OF MY LIFE TO MET GABBY GIFFORDS AND TO HAVE SERVED WITH HER IN THIS BODY. WE HAVE ALL BEEN THROUGH SUCH A TUMULTUOUS YEAR. THE NATION HAS BEEN THROUGH A TUMULTUOUS YEAR. NO ONE MORE TUMULTUOUS THAN GABBY AND HER FAMILY AND HER CONSTITUENTS IN HER BELOVED HOME CITY OF TUCSON, ARIZONA, AND I KNOW BEING ABLE TO BE GABBY’S VOICE TODAY, KNOWING HER AS WELL AS I DO, THE ONE THING THAT HAS NOT BEEN SAID IS THAT GABBY WANTS HER CONSTITUENTS TO KNOW, HER CONSTITUENTS WHOM SHE LOVES SO MUCH IN SOUTHERN ARIZONA, THAT IT HAS BEEN THE GREATEST PROFESSIONAL PRIVILEGE OF HER LIFE TO REPRESENT THEM, THAT SHE LOVES THEM AS A FIFTH GENERATION TUCSONIAN, THAT HER PUBLIC SERVICE HAS MEANT A GREAT DEAL TO HER AND THAT THIS IS ONLY IS A PAUSE IN THAT PUBLIC SERVICE AND THAT SHE RETURN ONE DAY TO PUBLIC SERVICE TO REPRESENT THEM AS SHE HAS SO CAPABLELY FOR THE LAST 5 1/2 YEARS — CAPABLY FOR THE LAST 5 1/2 YEARS. AND LET ME JUST SAY A POINT OF PERSONAL PRIVILEGE FOR THE LAST YEAR IT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE HONORS OF MY LIFE AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER THAT NO MATTER WHAT WE ARGUE ABOUT HERE ON THIS FLOOR OR IN THIS COUNTRY THAT THERE IS NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN FAMILY AND FRIENDSHIP AND THAT SHOULD BE HELD ABOVE ALL ELSE AND I WILL ALWAYS CARRY THAT IN MY HEART AND EVEN THOUGH I KNOW WE WON’T SEE EACH OTHER EVERY DAY, GABBY, WE WILL BE FRIENDS FOR LIFE. FOR LIFE. I’M SO SORRY. MY PRIVILEGE TO READ THIS LETTER ON BEHALF OF GABBY AND HER FAMILY AND HER CONSTITUENTS. JANUARY 25, 2012. THE HONORABLE JOHN BOEHNER, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. DEAR SPEAKER BOEHNER, IN 2001 STRONGLY HOLDING THE BELIEF THAT THERE IS NO HIGHER CALLING THAN SERVING MY COUNTRY, I WENT FROM SELLING TIRES IN MY TUCSON FAMILY BUSINESS TO BEING A FRESHMAN REPRESENTATIVE IN THE ARIZONA STATE HOUSE, AND FOR 10 YEARS I SERVED IN THE YEARS LEGISLATURE, IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS AND AFTER MARRYING MARK, AS A PROUD MILITARY SPOUSE. ALWAYS I FOUGHT FOR WHAT I THOUGHT WAS RIGHT — NEVER DID I LET PASS AN OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN HANDS WITH SOMEONE JUST HE OR SHE HELD DIFFERENT IDEAS. IN PUBLIC SERVICE, I FOUND A VENUE FOR MY PURSUIT OF A STRONGER AMERICA, BY ENSURING THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF ALL AMERICANS, BY PRODUCING CLEAN ENERGY HERE AT HOME INSTEAD OF IMPORTING OIL FROM ABROAD AND BY HONORING OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM WITH THE BENEFITS THEY EARNED. I FOUND A WAY TO CARE FOR OTHERS, AND IN THE PAST YEAR I HAVE FOUND THE VALUE THAT IS UNBREAKABLE EVEN BY THE MOST VICIOUS OF ATTACKS. THE TRAGIC JANUARY 8 SHOOTING IN TUCSON TOOK THE LIVES OF SIX BEAUTIFUL AMERICANS AND WOUNDED 13 OTHERS, ME INCLUDED. I’M SORRY. NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I DON’T FEEL GRIEF FOR THE LIVES LOST AND SO MANY OTHERS TORN APART. CHRISTINA TAYLOR GREEN, DOROTHY MORRIS, JOHN ROLLE, PHYLLIS, DORWIN AND GABE ZIMMERMAN. EACH IN THEIR OWN WAY THEY COMMITTED THEIR LIVES OF SERVING THEIR FAMILIES, COMMUNITY AND COUNTRY AND THEY DIED PERFORMING A BASIC ACT OF CITIZENSHIP THAT’S AT THE HEART OF OUR GREATNESS AS A NATION. THEY WILL BE REQUIRED ALWAYS BY THEIR COUNTRY AND BY THEIR CONGRESS. I DON’T REMEMBER MUCH FROM THAT TERRIBLE DAY, BUT I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN MY CONSTITUENTS, MY COLLEAGUES OR THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WITH WHOM I SHARE GREAT HOPES FOR THIS NATION. TO ALL OF THEM, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS, YOUR CARDS, YOUR WELL WISHES AND YOUR SUPPORT. AND EVEN AS I HAVE WORKED TO REGAIN MY SPEECH, THANK YOU FOR YOUR FAITH IN MY ABILITY TO BE YOUR VOICE. THE ONLY WAY I EVER SERVED MY DISTRICT IN CONGRESS WAS BY GIVING 100%. I WOULD ADD IT’S 150%. THIS PAST YEAR, THAT’S WHAT I HAVE GIVEN TO MY RECOVERY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE. FROM MY FIRST STEPS AND FIRST WORDS AFTER BEING SHOT TO MY CURRENT PHYSICAL AND SPEECH THERAPY, I HAVE GIVEN ALL OF MYSELF TO BEING ABLE TO WALK BACK ON THE HOUSE FLOOR TO REPRESENT ARIZONA’S EIGHTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. HOWEVER, TODAY I KNOW THAT NOW IS NOT THE TIME. I HAVE MORE WORK TO DO ON MY RECOVERY BEFORE I CAN BEGIN SERVE IN ELECTED OFFICE. THIS PAST YEAR MY COLLEAGUES AND STAFF HAVE WORKED TO MAKE SURE MY CONSTITUENTS WERE REPRESENTED IN CONGRESS. BUT IF I CAN’T RETURN, MY DISTRICT DESERVES TO ELECT A U.S. REPRESENTATIVE WHO CAN GIVE 100% TO THE JOB NOW. FOR THAT REASON I HAVE SUBMITTED THE ATTACHED LETTER OF RESIGNATION TO ARIZONA GOVERNOR JAN BREWER. AMID ALL THAT WAS LOST ON JANUARY 8, THERE WAS ALSO HOPE AND FAITH. THIS PAST YEAR IT IS WHAT I HAVE OFTEN COME TO, HOPE IN A OUR GOVERNMENT CAN REPRESENT THE BEST OF A NATION, NOT THE WORST, FAITH THAT AMERICANS WORKING TOGETHER IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, IN OUR CONGRESS CAN SUCCEED WITHOUT QUALIFICATION, HOPE AND FAITH THAT EVEN AS WE ARE SET BACK BY
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DISAGREEMENT. TRAGEDIES OR PROFOUND IN THE END WE COME TOGETHER AS AMERICANS TO SET A COURSE TOWARD GREATNESS. EVERY DAY I AM WORKING HARD. I WILL RECOVER AND WILL RETURN AND WE WILL WORK TOGETHER AGAIN FOR ARIZONA AND FOR ALL AMERICANS. SINCERELY, GABRIELLE GIFFORDS, CONGRESS. MR. SPEAKER, IN APPRECIATION ONCE AGAIN FOR YOUR COURTESIES ENABLING THIS TO HAPPEN, I YIELD BACK THE
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THE GENTLELADY BALANCE OF OUR TIME.
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TIME. YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER THE CHAIR WOULD REMIND ALL MEMBERS TO BE IN PROPER BUSINESS ATTIRE WHEN YOU COME
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TO THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE. WITHOUT OBJECTION, FIVE-MINUTE VOTING WILL CONTINUE. THE UNFINISHED BUSINESS IS THE VOTE ON THE MOTION OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM WASHINGTON, MR. REICHERT, TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND PASS H.R. 3801 ON WHICH THE YEAS AND NAYS WERE ORDERED. THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE

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  • Im a Republican, but I want to say she is a true beauty inside and out, a true American Patriot who reached across the aisle and showed these clowns(on both sides) how to be CIVIL. A truly dignified LADY( in the classical way) and the people of Arizona were lucky to have her. My thoughts and prayers are with you Gabby Giffords. Stay strong! You are on Hell of an AMAZING human being!!! Hope you get fully healed someday soon and come can back and add some civility to these fools on both sides

  • @EdgarImpact ok…you're right. should have said "too bad palin hasn't gotten run over by a runaway snow mobile and maimed yet"

  • Gabby is a great person, but poor choice in friends if she chose Debbie. That woman is a schrill political hack.

  • WTF? DWS has been a true friend to Gabby? Jesus Christ, what is a shitty friend, then? DWS has done NOTHING but exploit Giffords at every opportunity possible. Do an Internet search. During the time Giffords was away from the media recovering, DWS jumped in front of every camera possible to talk about her condition and use it to raise funds for the Democratic party. And no, I'm not a Republican. They are both hypocrites.

  • There will always be people who look for the negative to focus on, but it is clear that this woman, in the midst of such tragedy, has found the strength of character to look for the positive and became an inspiration to this country. What a remarkable woman!

  • About time she stepped down! The curley headed blond that's with her should be kicked out of public office and stripped of any pension, I can't remember the whores name but thats irrelavent.It's too bad she was shot but, WHO CARES! If it was you or anyone else there would be absolutly no notice anywhere but your family. And nancy pelosi should also be kicked out for her treasonist act "Pass The Bill So we can See whats in it!" Stupid fuck!

  • Gabby was shot doing what is right for our country. We all care, she is a symbol of American hope, courage, bravery, and determination. She is an inspiration in every sense of the word. Although I do not agree with Nancy Pelosi on many levels, using that kind of language just makes you sound silly and rude. And I'm a teenager.

  • Touching it is but at the end I heard John Boener say something about proper busness attire? Someone wearing bluejeans? I dont know.

  • I always see comments about her "ridiculous" gimp, so I thought I'd just point out that she does have to wear a brace on her leg to help her walk, as her right side was damaged (backwards brain, left affects right, I dunno). Anyways, I don't know how you guys would walk if you had a brace keeping your knee straight, but I'm pretty sure that's what it looks like.

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