WASHINGTON — The Senate has passed an anti-smuggling bill that was the final legislative act of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
The Senate vote came a day after the bill passed the House and Giffords formally resigned from her Arizona seat.
The legislation would increase penalties against smugglers who use ultralight, low-flying planes to transport drugs across the Mexican border.
It now goes to the president for his signature. The House voted 408-0 for the measure on Wednesday, minutes after Giffords submitted her resignation and was surrounded by hundreds of her colleagues gathered to pay her tribute.
Giffords was severely wounded by a would-be assassin a year ago at a Tucson shopping center. Giffords said she was resigning to focus on her recovery. Six people were killed in the attack and 12 others wounded.