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“We are so proud of her as she continues to make incredible strides in her recovery,” the three lawmakers wrote in a letter included with the invitation. “We look forward to seeing her again soon and to the day that she will rejoin us in the halls of Congress.”

The lawmakers wrote that they were seeking support for the fundraising event so Ms. Giffords could focus on the “important work of her recovery.”


GOP plan leaves out $150 million for Metro

Congress is working on a spending plan to fund the federal government through September that does not include $150 million that the Washington-area’s Metro system had been promised to improve safety.

In 2008, Congress enacted the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act, promising $1.5 billion over 10 years for upgrades. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Virginia Democrat, introduced an amendment to restore the funding in fiscal year 2011, but it was killed by Republicans.

The budget President Obama unveiled this week for fiscal year 2012 does include the $150 million payment.


Rep. Rangel files papers for re-election campaign

NEW YORK | Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York Democrat, plans to run for re-election in 2012 despite his convictions on several House ethics charges.

The dean of the state’s congressional delegation filed a statement of candidacy this week with the Federal Election Commission.

Spokesman Bob Liff said Mr. Rangel did so to begin fundraising.

Mr. Rangel was convicted of 11 ethics violations. They include failure to pay some taxes and using congressional resources to raise money for an academic center bearing his name. The House voted last year for censure, the most serious congressional penalty short of expulsion.

Mr. Rangel cruised to re-election last year after winning a crowded Democratic primary in September.

The 80-year-old Mr. Rangel has spoken of his age, leading some to speculate that he would not run again.