Velázquez on Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) released the following statement marking the anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11th, 2001:
“On this day, 17 years ago, New York City and our nation suffered a horrific attack. The tragedy of September 11th, 2001 stole the lives of 3,000 innocent people and seared our City’s soul forever.
“We will never forget the brave men and women who wasted no time in rushing into the burning buildings to save others. At a time when America was under attack, New Yorkers from all backgrounds came together, showing the world our City’s spirit of resilience and hope.
“It is not enough, however, to honor the 9/11 first responders with words alone. While the rubble has been cleaned from our streets, many first responders continue to suffer the health consequences of their service. To this end, Congress must play its part by fully funding the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund and ensuring adequate resources are available to address this ongoing health crisis.
“On this solemn anniversary, we mourn those we lost, send our gratitude to those who extended a helping hand and reaffirm our commitment to taking care of our first responders.”