The first and most important responsibility of our government is to defend Americans from harm.  I am proud that one of the first bills passed by the new Congress will strengthen our national security and better protect our citizens from another terrorist attack. Putting into practice the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission is a task that is long overdue, and I urge the Senate to swiftly pass this bill and send it to the President for his signature.

Earlier this week, 9/11 Commission Vice Chair Lee Hamilton stated, 'The bottom line is that if this bill, H.R. 1, is enacted, funded and implemented, then the American people will be safer.'  I couldn't agree more.  Nothing - not cost, or inconvenience, or lack of resources - should deter us from doing everything in our power to protect Americans from terrorism.