House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and several other Democratic lawmakers attended a fundraiser Tuesday night for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that collected more than $125,000, according to a Democratic lobbyist who was at the event.
Nearly 150 people gathered at the Teamsters union's headquarters in Washington, D.C., to raise contributions for a potential re-election campaign for the Arizona Democrat. Giffords was critically injured in a shooting attack in January that killed six people, and she is recovering in a Houston hospital.
Smith, Wasserman Schultz, Pelosi and Gillibrand spoke at the gathering, as did Pia Carusone, Giffords’ chief of staff. All attendees were given a small cactus and a blue bracelet in honor of the lawmaker.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.