" Mr. Speaker , as we learned in the National Intelligence Estimate released last week, the threat of terrorist violence against the United States is growing. Al Qaeda is gaining strength, and Osama bin Laden continues to elude capture. There is not a moment to spare to take the steps necessary to keep the American people safe.
"With this bill, we are honoring our solemn responsibility to protect and defend the American people. We take that as our oath of office, to protect the Constitution and in the Preamble, to provide for the common defense as a major charge to us.
"I urge my colleagues to support this legislation, and the President to sign it. And I thank my colleagues again, Mr. Thompson and Mr. King , for bringing this legislation to the floor."
SOURCE Office of the Speaker of the House