Obama to sign final legislative bill sponsored by Gabrielle Giffords

Gabrielle Giffords has resigned from Congress, but her impact goes on.

The former Democratic lawmaker from Arizona, who is recovering from wounds suffered in the Tucson shooting spree last year, will join President Obama on Friday when he signs into law the last bill she sponsored in Congress.

The Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2012 gives law enforcement greater authority to combat illicit drug trafficking on the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada.

Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, will join Obama in the Oval Office for the signing ceremony, the White House announced.

Giffords, whose remarkable recovery after being shot above her eye by Jared Lee Loughner has inspired supporters, received a standing ovation when she returned to the House of Representatives chamber for Obama’s State of the Union address Jan. 24. And Obama gave her a warm hug before he began speaking.

David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.

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