Gillibrand and Wasserman Schultz briefed reporters on Air Force One after midnight Thursday, en route to Washington from Tucson, Ariz., where they attended a memorial service at which President Obama stunned the crowd with the announcement of Giffords' step toward recovery. "Gabby opened her eyes," he told the crowd.
GILLIBRAND: . . . So that's how we . . . were entwined in many ways. But Gabby and I were on Armed Services together as freshmen members after we won in 2006. And what I admired about her so much is the way she brought something different to our committee. I always complimented Speaker Pelosi because one way she transformed Congress was she put five women on the Armed Services Committee all at one year. And our nature of our questions were always different.