CONGRESSIONAL ACTION TO EXTEND THE 9/11 COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC - To help ensure the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations are implemented as soon as possible, Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Christopher Shays (R-CT) will introduce legislation to extend the Commission until it deems most of its recommendations have been enacted into law.
The Commission, which issued its final report on the September 11 attacks last week, would continue in its official capacity to promote and monitor the progress of efforts to formally adopt its recommendations. Maloney and Shays will introduce the bill immediately after Congress resumes its legislative business.
“The 9/11 report is an immediate game plan for how we can defend against terrorism, not a book that should collect dust,” said Maloney. “The current outpouring of support for the Commission’s recommendations is encouraging, but we will need as much support as possible to implement these recommendations in the necessary time frame.”
Shays noted hearings have been scheduled in the House Government Reform Committee, of which he is Vice-Chairman, for August 3. “The sooner the recommendations are implemented, the sooner the Commission can be disbanded for good,” said Shays. “Until then, I am grateful for the White House and congressional leadership's stated commitment to moving forward with the Commission's recommendations, and feel the Commissioners and their key staff will be a critical resource.”