Pelosi to visit Giffords next week

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spends much of her time in the loop between Washington and her San Francisco district. But next weekend, she’s planning a special trip.

Pelosi said Monday that she plans to visit injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in Houston during the weekend of Feb. 12-13.

The top House Democrat made the comments during an appearance on TV’s newest morning chat show, “The Gayle King Show,” hosted by Oprah Winfrey BFF Gayle King and broadcast on — where else? — Winfrey’s newly launched OWN network.

In making the trip to Houston, Pelosi joins a small group of Giffords’s close friends in Congress who have visited her privately, including Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOvernight Tech: TV box plan faces crucial vote | Trump transition team to meet tech groups | Growing scrutiny of Yahoo security Overnight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas Senate Dems call for investigation into Wells Fargo's wage practices MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).

The three legislators last month saw Giffords open her eyes for the first time since she was shot in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8.

Wasserman Schultz said that moment “felt like we were watching a miracle.”

 Gillibrand visited Giffords again last weekend, while a spokesman for Wasserman Schultz said the lawmaker has visited Giffords three times, most recently Monday afternoon.

Giffords’s husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, announced Friday that he will command a two-week mission aboard a NASA space shuttle departing April 19, and that he expects Giffords will be well enough to attend the shuttle launch.