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July 31, 2007

Statement Regarding Passage of the
9/11 Commission Recommendations Bill

A bill implementing a large number of the outstanding recommendations of the 9/11 Commission has been passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in the House and Senate. The tally of votes that marked its passage signifies that Republicans and Democrats alike understand that our country urgently needs this important legislation, a need underscored by the latest National Intelligence Estimate. 

The following are included among the many provisions of this important bill:

  • Measures for securing loose nuclear weapons materials to prevent them from falling into the hands of terrorists;
  • Risk-based funding for distributing Department of Homeland Security grants;
  • 100% inspection of airline and maritime cargo;
  • Improved intelligence coordination, transparency and Congressional oversight, as well as calling for the release of the Inspector General’s report on the CIA’s performance leading up to 9/11;
  • An independent and empowered Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to safeguard our basic freedoms;
  • Measures that address vulnerabilities in our rail and transit systems;
  • Provisions to facilitate interoperability of radio communications among our first responders;
  • Protection from lawsuits for individuals who report suspicious activity to authorities.

America is now another step closer to being more secure.  We congratulate Congress on reaching this historic milestone and commend the President for signaling his intention to sign the "Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007" into law. 

Carie Lemack
Daughter of Judy Larocque, 50
President, Families of September 11

Carol Ashley
Mother of Janice, 25
VOICES of September 11th

Rosemary Dillard
Widow of Eddie, 54
9/11 Pentagon Families

Beverly Eckert,
Widow of Sean Rooney, 50
Families of September 11

Mary Fetchet,
Mother of Brad, 24
Director, VOICES of September 11th

Abraham Scott,
Widower of Janice, 46
9/11 Pentagon Families