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Five Years After 9/11: America Is Not Safe Enough

PRESS ADVISORY

Five Years After 9/11:
America Is Not Safe Enough

Five years ago, Americans stood united against terrorism and those responsible for the attacks on our nation on 9/11. The nation deserves an Administration and a Congress that enacts the 9/11 Commission's Recommendations. In July 2004, the Commission issued its 567 page report and recommendations. Yet, in the five years since the 9/11 attacks, America has not been made as safe as it needs to be.

• Our Borders Remain Porous
• Not Everything Has Been Done to Prevent Another Attack
• America is Not Prepared to Respond to Another Attack
• Civil Liberties Are Not Being Respected

This slow pace is not due to a lack of ideas. On the contrary, Democrats have proposed numerous bills and amendments to fulfill the homeland security-related recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. Unfortunately, these proposals have not received votes or have been rejected - mostly along party-lines.

This report documents the 9/11 Commission's recommendations on homeland security, the 9/11 Public Discourse Project's grades on fulfilling each recommendation as of December 2005, Democratic strategies to fulfill the recommendations, and our record on fulfilling the recommendations so far.

Who: Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), House Minority Whip, Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member, House Committee on Homeland Security, Edward Markey (D-MA), and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims

What: Press Conference to Release a Report on the Failures of the Administration and Congress to enact the 9/11 Commission's recommendations

When: TODAY, September 8th @ 11:45am

Where: House Radio/TV Gallery
.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Five Years After 9/11:
America Is Not Safe Enough

September 8, 2006 - Today, Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member on the Committee on Homeland Security, and other leading Homeland Security Democrats released a report documenting the 9/11 Commission's recommendations on homeland security, the 9/11 Public Discourse Project's grades on fulfilling each recommendation as of December 2005, Democratic strategies to fulfill the recommendations, and the Democratic record on fulfilling the recommendations so far.

Thompson issued the following statement regarding the release:

"On September 11th, Americans stood united against terrorism and those responsible for the attacks on our nation. We created the 9/11 Commission to ensure that our nation was never left unprepared again. The Commission issued a 567 page report with recommendations to make our nation safe, yet Congress has failed to enact solutions to implement all of the 9/11 Commission's recommendations.

"Five years after 9/11, it is time to move forward and do the right thing. This report documents the gaps and failures that absolutely must be addressed. In addition, I have asked Speaker Dennis Hastert to give numerous homeland security proposals that I and others have introduced an up and down vote on the floor," said Rep. Thompson.


The Report can be viewed here: http://www.democraticleader.house.gov/pdf/RS911.pdf

ENDS

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