Tubbs Jones Hails New Law to Protect America from Terrorism on 6th Anniversary of 9/11

Sept. 11, 2007

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones released this statement in observance of the sixth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

" September 11, 2001 was a moment in history that forever changed the lives of our citizens and our country. After six years of anger, grief, loss, and vulnerability we continue to press on by rebuilding our communities and renewing our spirits. The greatest way we can honor the memories of the 3,000 who died on that tragic day is to ensure the safety our Nation today. That is why I am proud to have been a co-sponsor of H.R.1, the new security bill signed into law by President Bush on August 3, 2007 , which finally enacts the recommendations of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission.

"This legislation provides a myriad of measures which will strengthen the safety of our Nation and keep our country's families safe, including accelerating the installation of advanced (in-line) electronic explosive screening systems for checked baggage at airports throughout the United States , improving explosive detection at passenger screening checkpoints at airports, and provides that homeland security grants be allocated primarily on the basis of risk. This legislation takes aggressive steps to better prevent terrorist travel authorizing more than $4 billion over the next four years to improve the security of mass transit, rail, and buses. Additionally, it promises to improve the security of our critical infrastructure -- such as our dams, our bridges, our power grids, and our telecommunications systems, and strengthens intelligence and information sharing with local law enforcement, including strengthening state and local intelligence "fusion" centers.

"I am proud to have supported the passage the 9/11 bill which is one of the most paramount pieces of legislation enacted by the 110th Congress. We must ensure the safety of our Nation's citizens and make certain that the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001 are never repeated. May we continue to remember those families who lost loved ones during this heartbreaking event at this time six years ago and pray that they find comfort and strength."


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