Entries in Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (2)


DNC Head on Giffords: 'She's Going to Come Back to Congress'

Bill Clark/Roll Call via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is fairly confident her good friend, Arizona Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords, will be returning to work.

In an interview with ABC News, the new head of the Democratic National Committee said, “I do think she’s going to come back to Congress.  I mean the progress that she’s making I think that from what I understand she’s on track for that to happen.  Not sure when, but she’s making tremendous progress.”

Wasserman Schultz had dinner with Giffords in Houston on Friday, she said, after Giffords returned from Florida where she had hoped to see her husband off on the Endeavour launch.

Giffords' recovery from the January gunshot wound to the head is going well and she is beginning to walk instead of using a wheel chair, Wasserman Schultz said.

“[She] is responding in more complex sentences.  So she’s making progress.  She’s got a long way to go but we’re all so proud of her, she’s doing great,” Wasserman Schultz said.´╗┐

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'It Was a Miracle to Witness': Senator Gillibrand Describes Giffords Opening Her Eyes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- When Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., opened her eyes in the hospital room Wednesday for the first time since Saturday’s shooting, a trio of Congressional Democrats were in the room with her, a Congressional source said.

The three lawmakers who witnessed the moment were House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

 “We had been telling her that she was inspiring the country with her courage and that we couldn't wait to take her out to pizza and a weekend away,” Gillibrand said later, through a spokeswoman. “Then after she heard our voices and the encouragement of Mark and her parents, she struggled briefly and opened her eyes for the very first time. It was a miracle to witness."

 In his speech at Wednesday nights memorial service at the University of Arizona, President Obama told the crowd, “Gabby opened her eyes,” drawing loud cheers from the 14,000-strong audience.

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