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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' political future still uncertain

If just for a moment, Monday's debt vote in the House was overshadowed by the surprise appearance of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

August 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Despite her emotional return to the House floor, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' political future remains in doubt.

Giffords received a standing ovation as she entered the House chambers Monday night to vote on the debt limit bill. Giffords voted for the bill, which passed 269-161.

The Arizona Democrat responded to the attention with a smile, blowing kisses and mouthing the words "thank you" several times.

Her staff says she wants to resume work in Washington if and when her recovery from a gunshot wound allows it.

On Jan. 8, Giffords was shot in the head in the parking lot of a Tucson grocery store while meeting with constituents. Six people were killed and 13 others, including Giffords, were wounded.

Giffords still has not made a decision about whether to seek re-election next year.

The latest financial reports show Giffords with more than $787,000 in the bank at the end of June, thanks to friends and colleagues who have raised money to ensure she has the resources for a campaign.

Meantime, Giffords is returning to Houston for more treatment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.