This program is 29 minutes long
(Studio: Kelly O’Donnell) The dramatic moment on the House floor Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in Tucson last January, returned to vote on the debt bill featured; photo shown; scenes shown of the standing ovation and applause. [Giffords chief of staff Pia CARUSONE, Representatives Bill PASCRELL, Debbie WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, Senator Kirsten GILLIBRAND- comment on Gabby.]
(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.
(White House: Chuck Todd) The lack of enthusiasm over the debt ceiling deal examined; details given about the super committee’s role and which items Congress did not address. [OBAMA – notes the need to protect health care programs like Medicare and reform the tax code.] [Senators Carl LEVIN, Mitch McCONNELL- comment on the bill.] [Senator Harry REID – states the people on the committee should not let ideology stand in the way.] Obama’s plans for 9/11 noted.
(Studio: Brian Williams) The reaction of the Stock Market Report noted.
(Studio: Brian Williams) Live interview held with Mesirow Financial chief economist Diane Swonk about the reaction of the markets. [From Chicago, SWONK – talks about uncertainty about the economy and the debt rating; notes auto sales picked up.]
(Washington: Lisa Myers) The stalemate in Congress over the FAA budget that is causing airport construction projects to be halted and workers to be laid off featured; details given about the insistence of House Republicans that a funding bill must curb subsidies for flights to rural airports and the government’s loss of airline ticket taxes. [FAA engineer Dan STEFKO- worries about paying his mortgage.] [Transportation Secretary Ray LaHOOD- says this is not the way to treat people.] [Representative John MICA- says we’re trying to end these wasteful subsidies.] [Representative Steny HOYER- criticizes Republicans.]
(Hockley, Texas: Janet Shamlian) The dangers of this deadly heat featured; details given about the death of Prestonwood Christian Academy football coach Wade McLain near Dallas and Atlanta high school football player Forrest Jones’s heat stroke; map shown of states with excessive heat warnings. [Prestonwood Christian Academy pastor Jack GRAHAM- comments on McLain’s death.] [University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Dr. Paul PEPE- says the majority of people with heat illnesses are the young and healthy.] [WOMAN – comments.]
(Tucson, Arizona: Lee Cowan) The reaction in Tucson to the return of shooting victim Representative Gabrielle Giffords to the House floor featured; scenes shown from the House and the site of the shooting. [Staffer Ron BARBER- says she’s an inspiration to the country.] [Tucson residents MAN, Louise BROCKWAY, University Medical Center Dr. Rainer GRUESSNER, high school teacher John HOSMER-talk about Gabby.]