ALEXANDER COMMENTS ON THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS

Posted on September 11, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) made the following statement today on the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks: “Our nation will never forget the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and the nearly 3,000 Americans who died that day. Nor will we ever forget how America united as a country to respond to those brutal attacks. We should build on the unity we found that day, passing on to our children and succeeding generations the values that make our nation great. “We’ve made progress since 9/11. We’re much better prepared for the dangers of terrorism than we were five years ago. Anyone who flies on a plane knows that. Local officials, state emergency workers and newly-trained first responders know that. The new Department of Homeland Security has a budget of $40 billion a year to help prevent terrorist attacks and better coordinate our response to them. “We have stopped a number of attacks before they have occurred, improved our surveillance system, and have fortunately not suffered a major incident for five years. But we live in dangerous times, and we still have work to do, including addressing port security, rail security, and securing our borders.” # # #