Today, Nebraska's Senator Ben Nelson issued this statement for the 11th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America:
"On a bright September morning 11 years ago, every American experienced waves of shock and grief for the nearly 3,000 people who died suddenly in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington. Yet, in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, we Americans joined together in a strong and unified response. Volunteers from all across the fifty states came to New York City to help with the recovery effort. Donations poured in from coast to coast for the reconstruction effort. Neighbors helped neighbors and strangers helped strangers physically and mentally recover from that horrible day.
"And just as America came together, so did Congress. Members of both parties united to pursue those responsible for the attacks, and to make our country safer from future acts of terrorism. Today, though Osama Bin Laden is dead and America is still alive, our work is not done. Americans deserve a Congress that will put country ahead of politics, a Congress that focuses on the needs of the nation rather than the outcome of the next election. The consensus and collaboration seen in Congress after 9/11 must return to the Capitol.
"We came together after 9/11. Today, let's remember those who lost their lives on that dark day. Today, let's remember all those who worked together to renew our nation afterward. Today, let's resolve to work together again as one nation sharing a common purpose as the American people."