Gabrielle Giffords Submits Emotional Resignation

Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona officially submitted her letter of resignation to an emotional Congress on Wednesday. Democrats and Republicans both shed tears as each party gave speeches on her impact in Congress.

Representative Giffords was one of nineteen people shot during a January 2011 meet-and-greet political event in Tuscon, Arizona, her hometown. In a letter read by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Representative Giffords wrote, “I have more work to do on my recovery before I can again serve in elected office…if I can’t return, my district deserves to elect a U.S. representative who can give 100 percent to the job now.”

“Always I fought for what I was thought was right, but never did I question the character of those with whom I disagreed,” wrote Congresswoman Giffords. “Never did I let pass an opportunity to join hands with someone just because he or she held different ideals.”

Within minutes of tributes to the recovering Representative, the House passed legislation by a vote of 408 to 0 aimed to combat the use of small light aircraft in the smuggling of drugs and contraband across the border. She introduced the bill earlier this week after working on simlar legislation for years.