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Wasserman Schultz: Giffords Making “Remarkable” Progress

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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (left) and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords developed a friendship while working in the U.S. House.  (Source: Debbie Wasserman Schultz)

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (left) and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords developed a friendship while working in the U.S. House. (Source: Debbie Wasserman Schultz)

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WASHINGTON (CBS4) – A U.S. Representative from South Florida said one of her closest friends in Congress is making “remarkable progress” from her shooting in January.

On NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D – Weston) said she had a “wonderful conversation” on the telephone with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Wednesday.

Wasserman Schultz said Giffords spoke in full sentences and initiated some of conversation instead of just responding, as she had done in the recent past.

Giffords was shot in the head during the attack at a constituent event in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8. Six people were killed and 13 were injured.

The Arizona Democrat has been in a Houston rehabilitation facility since two weeks after shooting.

Wasserman Schultz also addressed the sexting scandal surrounding Rep. Anthony Weiner.

As the party chairman she said she and other Democratic leaders “have made clear that he needs to resign.”

But she , she admitted, that “at the end of the day a member of Congress makes their own decision.”

Weiner says he is seeking treatment but will not resign.

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is criticizing Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi for not moving more quickly.

He says Democratic leaders are “defending a guy who deserves no defense.”

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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