Giffords resigns after five years in Congress

By CHELO GRUBB

 Gabrielle Giffords officially resigned from Congress on Jan. 25, just over a year after being shot in the head at an event in Tucson.

Giffords posted a video on her Facebook page to announce her plan to resign after five years in Congress.

“To do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week,” Giffords said in the video. “A lot has happened over the past year. We cannot change that, but I know on the issues we fought for we can change things for the better.

 “I don’t remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice,” she said in her video.

 Giffords’ letter of resignation was read on the House floor by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D- Florida.

“Even as I have worked to regain my speech, thank you for your faith in my ability to be your voice,” Wasserman Schultz said, reading Giffords letter.

“I have more work to do on my recovery before I can serve in elected office,” Giffords’ letter read.

 Her resignation took place after she placed a final vote of support on a bill she sponsored, addressing smuggling on the U.S. Mexico border.

 “While it will officially be the Giffords-Flake bill, it really is Gabby’s legislation,” U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake wrote on Facebook on Jan. 24. “She worked on it long before last year’s tragedy. It’s passage will be a great tribute to her.”

The bill, which would outlaw the use of ultralight aircraft carriers used to smuggle drugs, passed unanimously.

The Senate is expected to pass the bill as early as Jan. 26.

 The night before her resignation, Giffords appeared at the State of the Union address. Her appearance was met by cheers of “Gabby” and a hug from President Barack Obama.

 

“I’m getting better, every day my sprit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country,” Giffords said in her video.

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