Democrats Make Communities Safer by
Passing 9/11 Commission Recommendations
Boise, Idaho — State Democratic Party Chairman Richard Stallings today applauded congressional Democrats for keeping their promise to make our communities safer and more secure. This week, the Congress voted to implement the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations, something Republicans like Rep. Bill Sali and Sens. Larry Craig and Michael Crapo have refused to do for the last three years.
In July 2004, the 9/11 Commission announced its recommendations for how to avoid a future terrorist attack in the United States . For three years, Republicans put their partisan loyalty ahead of our nation’s security, first by resisting Democratic efforts to appoint the bipartisan blue Ribbon in the first place, then by joining President Bush in ignoring the Commission’s recommendations.
But this week, Democrats in Congress voted to send a long-overdue bill that finally implements the 9/11 Commission recommendations to the President’s desk. The bill would tighten screening of air and sea cargo, strengthen transit security, improve oversight of our intelligence and homeland security systems, and allocate $3.3 billion to help communities improve communications among first responders—a major problem during both the September 11 attacks and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
“Republicans like Bill Sali have fought us every step of the way, but Democrats scored a victory for the American people today by sending the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations to the President’s desk,” Stallings said. “At least Idaho Republican Michael Simpson had the sense to join Democrats to make America safer and send a message to the terrorists that their evil ways will not succeed.”
“During last year’s election, Democrats promised to end the failed policies of Bush Republicans like Mike Crapo and Larry Craig who chose to sit by as al Qaeda rebuilt and the 9/11 Commission report sat on a shelf gathering dust. Democrats kept that promise by passing the Commission’s commonsense recommendations for making our communities safer and more secure. The time has come for Bush Republicans to stop standing with the President and start standing up for the people of Idaho .”