House passes debt limit bill as Gabby Giffords makes dramatic entrance to vote “aye”

In a scene out of a Hollywood movie, the House of Representatives passed the deal to raise the debt limit, with Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., who was wounded in a shooting in January, making a dramatic entrance to cast a vote in favor of the bill in the closing minutes.

The bill ended up passing overwhelmingly by a 269 to 161 margin, with 95 Democrats voting for the measure and 66 Republicans voting against it.

But the vote itself was overshadowed by Giffords, who made a surprise entrance to a standing ovation, her first return to Congress after months recovering from a brain injury.

Moments before entering, a message went out on her Twitter account, reading, “Gabrielle has returned to Washington to support a bipartisan bill to prevent economic crisis.”

The bill will now move on to the Senate for final passage.

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