Eleven years ago, our nation and the world were rocked by the attacks of September 11th. Right here in Northern Virginia, the terrorists steered a plane into the Pentagon. These forces of evil destroyed the Twin Towers, full of workers, and Americans lost their lives trying to prevent another tragedy, only to crash in a Pennsylvania field. Many of us lost friends and loved ones - I did.
In the years since, our country went to war - and many more have been killed and wounded.
As President Obama brings the wars to a close, the question will be: How will we stand up for those Americans who risked their lives on our behalf - some as first responders at the Towers and the Pentagon, and some as warriors and peacemakers overseas?
Sadly, time and again, Congressman Frank Wolf has failed to stand up for these American heroes.
Wolf voted against the 9/11 First Responders health bill, providing health care to those injured by the toxic dust they inhaled as they searched for survivors and recovered the bodies at Ground Zero.¹
Wolf voted for cuts in benefits for our veterans, including recently in the callous Ryan budget.² He also voted against the post-9/11 G.I. Bill of Rights, which has helped our soldiers coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan with education, job, housing and health benefits - it has helped almost 750,000 veterans so far.³
Wolf voted for large cuts to Justice Department spending, much of which includes funding for many law enforcement programs like COPS funding, which puts police officers on our streets to keep children safe.⁴
Congressman Wolf will surely defend these votes as budget-balancing tough choices. Yes, we must balance our budgets - but we have to do it the right way. Balancing the budget on the backs of those who have risked their lives for our country is simply shameful.
On this anniversary, I hope that you will join me in recognizing those who have sacrificed for us - and commit to ensuring that our nation stands up for them.