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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

‘Gabby’ Giffords Says “Goodbye To Congress”

‘Gabby’ Giffords Says “Goodbye To Congress”

By Dell Hill

An emotional farewell to Congress today from Arizona Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Sadly, Giffords’ Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Ariz., has at times been politicized, falsely linked with a rise in “violent” partisan rhetoric. Today, though, Giffords reminded her congressional peers that the tragedy she suffered was and still is an invitation to greater trust in each other.

“Amid all that was lost on Jan. 8, there was also hope and faith,” Giffords wrote in her resignation letter.  “Hope and faith that even as we are set back by tragedy or profound disagreement, in the end, we come together as Americans to set a course toward greatness.”

(AP): Highlights from this morning’s session, including tributes from Eric Cantor and Nancy Pelosi, as well as Giffords formally tendering her resignation to House Speaker, John Boehner, via Fox News.

Gifford’s colleagues in the House paid her the tribute of unanimously passing a border security bill she introduced with fellow Arizonan Rep. Jeff Flake, a Republican.  The bill — the last on which Giffords will vote — would give the Homeland Security Department greater ability to go after planes suspected of smuggling drugs from Mexico to the United States.

Dell’s Bottom Line:

The recovery of “Gabby” Giffords has been nothing short of miraculous.  I vividly recall posting the headlines that fateful January morning - the earliest of which had declared her dead.  I’m pleased that it wasn’t so.  And I’m further pleased that she has made such a remarkable recovery.  Our thoughts and prayers have been answered....yet again.

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