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Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 01/22/2012

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords resigning from Congress this week

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), a little more than a year after being shot in Tucson, announced Sunday that she will resign from Congress this week.

“To do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week. I’m getting better,” Giffords said in a two-minute video posted on her congressional Web site.

A transcript of the full video is below:

Arizona is my home. Always will be. 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. Jobs. Border security. Veterans. We can do so much more by working together.
I don’t remember much from that horrible day. But I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice.
Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover.
I have more work to do on my recovery, so to do what is best for Arizona, I will step down this week.
I’m getting better.
Every day, my spirit is high.
I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country.
Thank you very much.

Note: This post originally said Giffords was retiring. She is resigning.

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