Government officials react to Congresswoman Giffords return

CREATED Aug 1, 2011 - UPDATED: Aug 1, 2011

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PHOENIX (KGUN9-TV) - Several Government officials from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to Vice President Joseph Biden have congratulated Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on her return to Capitol Hill.

Governor Brewer released the following statement:
“Whatever your politics, it was a thrill Monday to see Congresswoman Giffords back on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and casting a vote along with her colleagues. 

“The road back from a gunman’s bullet has been more difficult than any of us can possibly know, but her grit and determination continue to inspire. As with all Arizonans, I will hold Gabby in my thoughts and prayers as she continues her remarkable recovery.”

Rep. Paul Schweikert issued the following statement:
“I am beyond joyful that my colleague, Gabby, returned to the work she loves today. What an amazing surprise to see her among all of her colleagues and friends. The recovery she had made to this point is truly remarkable. Arizonans everywhere are elated to see her and are grateful for her progress.” 

Nancy Pelosi was quoted by ABC News as follows:
“It was above and beyond the call of duty,” Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said of Gabby Giffords she was leaving the House floor today, “she’s a heroine….an inspiration.”

Concluded Pelosi, “she honored us with her presence.”

And Vice President Biden said to ABC News:

"She’s remarkable” , “Will matters. She is the embodiment of a strong, strong, strong woman. Think about what she’s been through. And think about her determination."