Senate passes Gabrielle Giffords’ final bill


An anti-smuggling bill introduced by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was tragically wounded by a shot to the head a year ago, was passed by the Senate on Thursday. A day after an emotional resignation from Congress, Giffords’ final legislative act was sent to and signed by President Barack Obama. The bill raises penalties for those flying ultralight planes to smuggle drugs into Arizona and other states along the border.

Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M, said the bill “will not only help to secure our southwest border, but it also affords us the opportunity to honor an incredible colleague.” Giffords is currently undergoing physical and speech therapy and wants to devote her full attention to her recovery.


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