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Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2012

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mrs. BONO MACK. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 3801. This critically-needed legislation will provide law enforcement officials with a powerful new tool in the on-going war against illicit drugs.

It imposes tough new penalties on smugglers who use ultralight aircraft to illegally bring drugs into America. But just as importantly, it sends a clear signal that we are going to do whatever it takes to protect our borders from the raging narco wars which are plaguing Mexico today.

Last year, I was proud to support my close friend and colleague, GABBY GIFFORDS, in her efforts to pass similar legislation, and I'm honored--in her last official act--to do so again today.

For many people, this is a bittersweet moment because of GABBY'S difficult decision to retire from Congress after more than five years of outstanding public service to the people of Arizona and to America.
But I see this more as a celebration of her life--and a celebration of what's still to come in her life--as GABBY continues to make a miraculous recovery which is nothing short of a miracle.

So, in some ways, you can view her retirement today as a glass half-full story. Yet when it comes to GABBY GIFFORDS, the glass is always full--and usually overflowing with love, kindness and devotion.

She has been such an inspiration for me and for millions of Americans as well.

Throughout her life, GABBY has had such a special way of bringing diverse people together and finding solutions that benefit everyone.

We will miss her in Congress, but I know deep in my heart that we have not heard or seen the last of this extraordinary woman.

God bless you, GABBY, and thank you for your tireless dedication to America and to your fellow human beings.

When God created miracles, he certainly had you in mind.


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