People worldwide recognize that America is the land of limitless opportunities provided by freedom. But freedom isn't free; it demands a price.
After September 11, 2001, America will always face security issues. We must continue to improve terrorist threat assessments and gain control of our borders. Then we can prevent another terrorist attack and save thousands of lives.
I am a Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, where I sit on two subcommittees: Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity, and Emergency Preparedness, Science, and Technology.
Freedom and liberty are the cornerstones of our nation. The founders of the United States risked their lives and all they possessed to defend the cause of liberty and establish a free society. Daniel Webster said "God grants liberty to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it." Liberty demands sacrifice.
Ensuring the Nation's security is the highest obligation of the Federal Government. If a nation cannot defend itself and its citizens, none of its other activities really matter.