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“It’s an extraordinary amount of progress for a woman who sustained such a horrific injury that she did,” Gillibrand added. Doctors at University Medical Center in Tucson, where Giffords is being treated, will give their next full update on her condition Monday.
Udall said earlier Sunday that his idea was picking up steam. During an interview with National Public Radio, he listed Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) as supporters.
Members are still trying to strike a balance between voicing their points of view and avoiding heated tones, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Sunday on “Face the Nation.”
“I don’t plan to debate my values and the principles of my constituents any less vigorously,” the Florida Democrat said, while noting that Members have room to change their tone.
She criticized House Republicans for using the words “job killing” in the name of their health care repeal bill and called on the GOP to change the name.
Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who also appeared on “Face the Nation,” did not say whether he would join Udall’s effort to sit with Members from the opposite party during the State of the Union. The fiscal conservative echoed the theme of the day about using the tragedy in his home state to hit the restart button on Capitol Hill, and he praised Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for postponing the vote on the repeal bill by a week in the wake of the shooting.
The House is set to begin consideration of the health care repeal bill Tuesday with a final vote Wednesday.
“I think you’ll see a more civil debate than you would have had otherwise,” Flake said. “I’m not sure the substance of the debate will change that much. I think Republicans are committed to repealing the law in the House obviously. But I do think that the tone will change, and that’s a good thing.”