Last night, as the House vote on budget legislation was underway, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Democratic Congresswoman from Arizona who was shot in the head in her home state in January, was also there, unexpectedly, to cast her vote. She received a standing ovation.
According to The Daily Beast, Giffords’ wanted to send a message of compromise with her presence, one that’s sorely needed in Congress these days.
“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,” she said in a statement.
At long last, the Senate is scheduled to vote today at noon on a budget agreement that is expected to get bipartisan support and pass, just hours before the midnight deadline. PBS NewsHour just tweeted that President Obama will make a statement at 12:15 this afternoon.