Cornyn Remembers September 11th Terror Attacks, Urges Passage of Defense Bill

Today on the Senate floor, I commemorated the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and discussed the importance of passing the National Defense Authorization Act to provide for our nation’s military. Excerpts of my remarks are below, and video of my remarks can be found here.

We must also ask if we are still standing behind our Armed Forces the way we committed to do following the terrible events of 9/11. We must make sure that our military service members have everything they need because to do otherwise is to shirk our duty and to forget how our national security is ultimately achieved. One way we uphold that responsibility is through the National Defense Authorization Act.

This bill authorizes the funds necessary to begin restoring readiness, rebuilding capacity, and modernizing military infrastructure.

Our colleagues in the House have passed their version of the defense authorization, and now it's our job to get it done. By passing a strong defense bill and authorizing the sort of resources that our military needs in order for America to maintain its leadership role in the world and provide a credible threat to deter aggression on the part of our adversaries, we will leave our nation, and the world, a safer place and better off. It's one small way, today, that we can honor the memory of those we lost 16 years ago.


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