"As we remember the precious lives lost on this day eleven years ago, we must reaffirm our commitment to preventing such a catastrophe from ever happening again.
As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, I am working to uphold this obligation. We have made great strides in our efforts to protect American families and communities, but we must continue to work hard to ensure that our security and emergency personnel have the resources they need to be successful.
This means making sure that metro Detroit, which has a high-traffic airport and one of the busiest border crossings in North America, is given high priority in funding by the Department of Homeland Security and has access to emergency preparedness grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. We must also guarantee that emergency communications systems are highly effective and readily accessible so that Americans can stay informed during an emergency.
On this anniversary of 9/11, let's not only give thanks for our nation's heroic emergency first-responders but also honor them with the support they need."