Full Text February 10, 2012: President Obama Signs Rep. Gabby Giffords’ Final Bill — The Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2012

 

POLITICAL SPEECHES & DOCUMENTS

OBAMA PRESIDENCY & THE 112TH CONGRESS:

President Obama Signs Rep. Gabby Giffords’ Final Bill

Source: WH, 2-10-12

Representative Gabrielle Giffords' Final Bill (February 10, 2012)
President Obama signs H.R. 3801, the Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2012, in the Oval Office, Feb. 10, 2012. This bill was the last piece of legislation that former Representative Gabrielle Giffords sponsored and voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives. Vice President Joe Biden, former Representative Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly attended the signing ceremony. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Today, President Obama signed the last piece of legislation that Congresswoman Gabby Giffords authored before her retirement.

The new law is designed to clamp down on ultralight planes that are used to smuggle drugs into the United States.

In a statement, President Obama said, “I’m confident that while this legislation may have been her last act as a Congresswoman, it will not be her last act of public service.”

This final bill from Rep. Giffords passed Congress unanimously.

POLITICAL QUOTES & SPEECHES

Statement by President Obama upon Signing the Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2012

This bill gives our nation’s law enforcement expanded authority to combat illicit drug trafficking on our Northern and Southern Borders and being able to sign it next to my friend Gabby Giffords gives me enormous pride.  She has spent her career fighting for the safety of the people of Arizona and the fact that it passed unanimously shows just how much Gabby is respected by her colleagues in Congress in both parties.  Her dedication to fairness and to this country has been an inspiration to so many, including myself.  I wished Gabby well in her recovery and told her that I expect to see more of her in the months and years to come.  I’m confident that while this legislation may have been her last act as a Congresswoman, it will not be her last act of public service.

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