The couple then stopped by the White House for an Oval Office visit with President Obama.
With her husband in tow, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D- Ariz) gave a moving speech before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on gun violence.
White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that President Obama was looking forward to seeing Giffords and her husband, retired and Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, the AP reports. Carney said people at the White House were “heartened” to see Giffords speak out on gun violence.
“Speaking is difficult but I need to say something important: violence is a problem. Too many children are dying,” Giffords said during her opening remarks.
“Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you,” Giffords urged the committee.