Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' political future still uncertain

WASHINGTON

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.

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