Giffords says she'll vote on smuggling bill

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Posted: Jan 24, 2012 5:36 PM
Giffords says she'll vote on smuggling bill

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' final act in Congress will be to vote Wednesday on a bill that imposes tougher penalties on smugglers who use small, low-flying aircraft to avoid radar detection and bring drugs across the Mexican border.

The Democratic congresswoman introduced the legislation along with fellow Arizonan Jeff Flake, a Republican. It's similar to a version that easily passed the House in 2010 but did not make it through the Senate. Her office said the current law allows defendants who use ultra-light, single-seat planes to get a lesser penalty than those who use cars or other types of planes to smuggle drugs.

Giffords announced on Sunday that she plans to resign this week to focus on her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head.