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|Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2007 6:30 pm Post subject: 9/11 Families Demand Urgency on Security Bill
From Thu Jul 12, 2007 2:00 am to Sun Jul 15, 2007 1:59 am (included)
|9/11 Families Demand Urgency on Security Bill
July 12, 2007
Three long years have gone by since the 9/11 Commission published its recommendations for securing the safety of our country. While Washington dallied, al Qaeda rebuilt. We now hear chilling warnings of possible 'spectacular' terrorist attacks against our nation. There are haunting similarities to the summer of 2001.
We acknowledge the importance of matters such as Iraq and immigration that have absorbed Congress this year. Additionally, we recognize that the slow progress of this national security bill can be attributed in part to the enormity of its scope. But an underlying current of turf protection by competing Committees has prolonged the process far too long. Every day that this bill is delayed puts American lives at risk.
When this 9/11 Commission Implementation bill is finally enacted, our nation's security will be strengthened. Every area of vulnerability that presently exists on land, on the sea and in the air is an open invitation for terrorists to exploit. As 9/11 family members, we once again remind the country of what is at stake and implore Congress to expedite the steps necessary to close those dangerous loopholes.
The conference stage, now imminent on this bill, is the forum where compromises between the House and Senate will be hammered out. It is a cornerstone of our democratic legislative process. When that phase begins, we expect both wisdom and urgency from the conferees. The American people deserve nothing less.
We believe that this bill has wide, bipartisan support. It must be passed before another recess intervenes. Progress must not be delayed, not even for one more day. We ask the nation to join us in calling on Congress to act in accordance with the magnitude of the threat. Our message: "The time to send this bill to the President is NOW!"
Mother of Janice, 25
VOICES of September 11th
Widow of Eddie, 54
9/11 Pentagon Families
Widow of Sean Rooney, 50
Families of September 11
Mother of Brad, 24
Director, VOICES of September 11th
Daughter of Judy Larocque, 50
President, Families of September 11
Widower of Janice, 46
9/11 Pentagon Families