Giffords will not attend Obama's speech

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) has no plans to interrupt her rehabilitation from a gunshot wound to attend President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday, her spokesman said Tuesday. 

Giffords stunned lawmakers when she made a surprise appearance in the House chamber last month to record her vote in support of the debt-limit deal that congressional leaders struck with the White House. The vote was the congresswoman’s first since she was shot in the head at a constituent event in January.


Her dramatic entrance into the Capitol drew a rousing ovation from lawmakers and brought tears to the eyes of some, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). But it was not the beginning of a return to regular work in Washington.
“Rep. Giffords is scheduled to be in rehabilitation therapy in Houston on Thursday,” spokesman Mark Kimble told The Hill on Monday when asked whether Giffords would attend the president’s jobs speech. He said there is “no timetable at this point” for her permanent return. “She will return when she feels she is ready to do her job,” Kimble said.
Giffords has not decided whether to seek reelection next year. During her appearance at the Capitol, she waved and spoke to several members, although she appeared unsteady on her feet at times.