U.S. politicians angered, shocked by shooting of congresswoman (4)

08:44, January 10, 2011      

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Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, "I hope for a speedy recovery for the congresswoman and all of the wounded, and that those responsible will be brought to justice quickly."

"This is a sad day for our country, and acts of senseless violence such as this one affect us all," Reid added.

The shooting is almost certain to ratchet up the political debate on hot-button issues including immigration and the president's health-care reform, said the Arizona Republic, a local newspaper.

Giffords, a moderate Democrat, serves the 8th Congressional District, which includes a 114-mile stretch of the U.S. border with Mexico. She was re-elected to her third term last November.

During last year's campaign, Giffords touted her efforts to push the Obama administration to deploy National Guard troops to the border and for playing an instrumental role in securing 600 million U.S. dollars in funding to add more technology and Border Patrol agents.
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