Menendez: Federal Government Must Immediately Implement All Recommendations Of 9/11 Commission

Menendez: Federal Government Must Immediately Implement All Recommendations Of 9/11 Commission

Senator Sends Letter to Frist Requesting Immediate Action

Jersey City - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today sent a letter to United States Senator Bill Frist, Majority Leader, asking for immediate action on his legislation that would fully implement all of the recommendations made by the 9-11 Commission.? Menendez introduced this legislation (S.3456) in June, and it is a companion bill to HR 5017, introduced by US Representatives Chris Shays (R-CT) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).

It is past time for the Congress and the Bush administration to get serious about securing our homeland, and I hope the uncovered attacks in Britain will provide the impetus Congress needs to act, Said Menendez. Who will be content to say that we did 50% of the things we could to protect ourselves, or 70%, or anything less than 100%.? I wont be content for anything less than 100%, and neither should anyone else. It is my hope that the majority leader of the United States Senate will schedule my legislation for an immediate vote, either by itself or as an amendment to other legislation.? The time for bureaucratic bickering and Congressional excuse-making is over.? It is time for action.

The full-text of the letter follows:

August 14, 2006

The Honorable Bill Frist
Majority Leader
United States Senate
Dear Senator Frist:

The recently-uncovered plot to blow up airlines traveling between Great Britain and the United States is a vivid reminder that that those who seek to kill us are still plotting, still planning, and still preparing for the next attack.? As you know, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission, made 41 unanimous, bipartisan recommendations on steps to improve our nation's defense against terrorism.? Two years later, our government has failed to implement all of those recommendations, and in its final report, the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, which was created by the members of the 9/11 Commission, gave the government more F's than A's for its performance in implementing the recommendations.

It is a disgrace that our government continues to receive failing grades for securing the American people from the threat of terrorism.? And it is not just incompetence, it is also intransigence.? Many of the recommendations, like basing homeland security funding on risk, have simply been ignored.

Earlier this year, I introduced legislation to implement all of the 9/11 Commission's recommendations.? It is time for the Senate to take action on that legislation, and I write to ask that this legislation be brought up immediately after the Senate returns from recess either as free-standing legislation or an amendment to pending legislation. I also seek assurances that the Republican majority will not use parliamentary procedures on the Department of Defense FY2007 Appropriations bill or other legislation to block its consideration.

The time for bureaucratic bickering and Congressional excuse-making is over.? It is time for action, and I hope you will both join me in supporting this legislation and allow it to be considered by the Senate as soon as we return in September.

Sincerely,
Robert Menendez

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