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Arizona lawmakers to leave empty seat for Giffords

In this photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., takes part in a reenactment of her swearing-in, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with constituents, killing at least five people and wounding several others in a rampage that rattled the nation.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

In this photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., takes part in a reenactment of her swearing-in, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 when an assailant opened fire outside a grocery store during a meeting with constituents, killing at least five people and wounding several others in a rampage that rattled the nation. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Arizona’s congressional delegation is leaving an empty seat on the House floor tonight for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the Democrat gravely injured this month during the massacre in Tucson.

Spokesmen for several members of the delegation say the empty seat in the packed chamber will be a reminder to the nation of the price of the Jan. 8 attack, which left six people dead, Giffords with a shot to the head and 12 others wounded. The massacre sparked a national conversation about angry political rhetoric and calls for civility.

Obama is expected to deliver a soothing speech. Some lawmakers, including Republicans and Democrats from Arizona, are planning to sit next to colleagues of the opposite party to create a visual symbol of unity.

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  1. The motivation maybe altruistic but thousands of people in her district will have no voice in government.

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