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Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke Commemorates the 9th Anniversary the September 11th Terrorist Attacks

In remembrance of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-11) released the following statement:

“The week, our nation reflects on the men and women whose lives were tragically altered or cut short as a result of the violent attacks on our homeland nine years ago. We will never forget that almost 3,000 lives were lost on that day, including 343 firefighters and 23 police officers. Their contributions and legacies will forever be honored and revered. I salute the many World Trade Center and Pentagon workers who were an integral part of our thriving economy and communities. I salute the mothers, children, teachers, doctors, and other valuable members of our society that were taken from us on that tragic day.

“As the world continues to move forward, we used this day as a National Day of Service to fully pay tribute to the fallen men and women of this day. In remembrance of their sacrifice, I encourage all our residents to give back and actively try to make a positive influence in the Brooklyn Community. We all have a common strength that runs through all of us as a part of this great nation and it is our responsibility to unite and share that strength with others.

“As the only New York City member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, I will continue fighting to ensure that our 9/11 families have the resources they need to overcome the negative effects of that tragic day on their lives. That is why I was extremely dismayed when republicans blocked H.R. 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. 155 Republicans voted against the legislation which provides medical monitoring and treatment to the World Trade Center first responders and survivors who were exposed to toxins at Ground Zero. Our first responders and 9/11 survivors deserve better than this blatant partisan grandstanding.

“Rest assured that I will continue to fight on behalf of our 9/11 families so that they have access to the medical resources they need to fully heal from the after affects of these attacks. My continued prayers go out both to the families that suffered the loss of loved ones and to the families of those who survived.”