Giffords Gives Up Her Seat to Heal

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WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords appeared on the House floor to cast her last vote Wednesday morning.

Three days after she announced that she would leave Congress to concentrate on her recovery, the Arizona congresswoman attended a final session to vote on her last piece of legislation, a bill that would impose tough new penalties on people who smuggle drugs across the US-Mexico border using airplanes.

After it passed overwhelmingly, several of Giffords’ fellow lawmakers, many with tears in their eyes stood up, one by one, to wish her farewell.

Giffords was shot in the head last year when a gunman opened fire at a political event in Tucson, killing six people. Since the shooting, Jared Loughner has been held at a Missouri prison hospital, undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

See video of her goodbye here.

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