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Commemorating September 11

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. KING of New York. Madam Speaker, today I rise in support of House Resolution 1610 to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks and remember the nearly 3,000 innocent victims killed that day in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

As we give thanks for the first responders who heroically rushed to these sites to rescue victims, our Federal government must properly support them. Tragically, many of these first responders--fire fighters, police officers, and other emergency workers--are dying from days and weeks of exposure to Ground Zero toxins and are in desperate need of medical care. I urge all Members to join me in supporting the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act (H.R. 847) when it is considered by the House next week.

We must also thank the men and women of our armed forces, law enforcement officers, and members of the Intelligence Community who have saved innumerable American lives through their tireless efforts during the past nine years. As we celebrate their efforts, we must remain vigilant. Radical Islamic jihadists, who have pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and other terror networks, continue to target our Nation. Since last year's 9/11 anniversary, terrorists have continued in their quest to attack our homeland and kill more innocent Americans. In the past year alone, we have seen attacks at Fort Hood, in Times Square, and aboard Northwest Flight 253, as well as plots to blow up the New York City subway system and Federal buildings in Dallas, Texas and Springfield, Illinois.

As our citizens remain vigilant, our Federal government must remain diligent. Congress and the Obama Administration must work together in a cooperative and constructive manner to ensure that our military, Intelligence Community, and state and local law enforcement have the resources to detect and defeat the terrorists who seek to do us harm.

I urge my colleagues to support this important resolution, and never to forget the catastrophic events and lives lost on that tragic day in our Nation's history.


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