As the US House of Representatives gathered to vote on the debt ceiling plan on Monday, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords surprised almost everyone by showing up to cast her first vote since an attempt on her life was made in January of this year.

Video from C-SPAN shows Giffords surrounded by thunderous applause and receiving embraces from both sides of the aisle for several minutes, a rare moment of unity after weeks of contentious debate between the parties.