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Obama to meet with Giffords today White House says

In this Sept. 6, 2012 file photo, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords blows a kiss after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. A spokesman on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 said Connecticut's lieutenant governor has been invited to attend a meeting between Giffords and families of the victims of the deadly Newtown elementary school shooting. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

In this Sept. 6, 2012 file photo, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords blows a kiss after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. A spokesman on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 said Connecticut's lieutenant governor has been invited to attend a meeting between Giffords and families of the victims of the deadly Newtown elementary school shooting. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is following up her dramatic appeal for gun control on Capitol Hill with a visit to the White House.

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that President Barack Obama was looking forward to seeing Giffords and her husband, retired and Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, later Wednesday.

He said everyone at the White House was “heartened” to see her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The former Arizona congresswoman spoke briefly and haltingly at the beginning of a Senate hearing on tougher gun laws. She urged lawmakers to “be bold” to pass laws to protect children.

Kelly testified as well and described his wife’s struggles to walk, talk and see since being shot in an assassination attempt two years ago that left six others dead.

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