Examining the Continuing Needs of Workers and Communities Affected by 9/11, Hearing of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, Second Session on Examining the Continuing Needs of Workers and Communities Affected by 9/11, Including S. 1224, to Amend the Public Health Service Act to Extend and Improve Protections and Services to Individuals Directly Impacted by the Terrorist Attack in New York City on September 11, 2001, June 29, 2010 [open pdf - 812KB]
From the opening statement of Tom Harkin: "Nine years ago this September--we all remember that day, and we all remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when that happened--two airplanes flew into the World Trade Center, burst into flames--3,000 people killed--watched those building come down. All of our lives were changed forever. We'll never forget the images burned into our memories of people running in terror, covered from head to toe in gray ash. But, we'll also never forget the brave heroes who were running in the opposite direction--the police, the firefighters, the doctors, the emergency responders, bravely rushing toward the cloud and the chaos. And we'll never forget the volunteers from all across America who spent weeks at the site digging and hand-sorting through smoldering debris, frantically looking for survivors first, and later for remains to give closure to the thousands of families who lost loved ones. One, a young man whom I knew as a kid, his folks--his dad was a minister in Iowa--was one of those lost in the Trade Center. And also--I'm sure I can speak for many--a lot of our firemen and emergency responders came from my State to go there to do what they could to help out. On 9/11, terrorists, determined to kill thousands of innocent people, showed us human nature at its very worst. But, the response to those attacks showed us not just the better angels of our nature, but truly astonishing examples of courage and selflessness and selfsacrifice." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Tom Harkin, Michael B. Enzi, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, John Howard, Jeff Merkley, Jim Melius, David Prezant, Martin Fullam, Margrily Garcia, Jerrold Nadler, Christopher J. Dodd, Robert P. Casey, Michael Bloomberg, Ann Warner Arlen, and Al Franken.
S. Hrg. 111-1154; Senate Hearing 111-1154
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