9/11 Remembrance

“…in our grief and anger we have found our mission and our moment.”

Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) • September 11, 2018

Today, we remember that fateful September morning that changed us forever. This year, I’ve been reflecting on the remarks of then-President George W. Bush before Congress on September 20: “Great harm has been done to us. We have suffered great loss. And in our grief and anger we have found our mission and our moment. …

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How we felt the morning of September 12

Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) • September 12, 2017

I will never forget where I was on September 11, 2001. I will also never forget the feeling I had waking up the morning of September 12. The shock and uncertainty after the previous day’s attack hadn’t faded, but I felt more connected to my neighbors than I did before. Though we lived thousands of …

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My 9/11 experience from the White House

Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX) • September 11, 2017

16 years ago today, the world as we knew it changed. For me, as for most Americans, the images of September 11, 2001 remain seared in my memory. As a young man serving in the White House for President George W. Bush, I vividly recall the emotions of that day – first shock as I …

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“I knew the world had forever changed”

Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE) • September 9, 2017

On September 11, 2001, I woke up at 5:45 am local time in Tucson, Arizona where I was stationed at the Davis-Monthan Air Force base.  I remember turning on the television and seeing that the first tower was on fire. As the second tower burst into flames, I realized we were under attack. I raced …

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I’ll never forget seeing the still-smoldering Ground Zero

Rep. John Faso (R-NY) • September 9, 2017

I heard of the attacks while driving to my office in Albany, at the state Capitol where I was the Minority Leader of the state Assembly. First news was a radio bulletin; then a call from a worried staffer whose son worked in the Trade Center. Fortunately, he was late to work that day and …

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Rep. Hurd (R-TX): Winning the War on Terror on all fronts

Communications • September 12, 2016

To mark the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, House Republicans have been sharing their reflections on how that day changed everything. As we close out our 9/11 blog series, Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) shares in his column for what it was like working for the CIA at the time of the attack. …

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Rep. Wenstrup (R-OH): 9/11 reminds us that we are all Americans

Rep. Brad Wenstrup • September 11, 2016

Fifteen years ago today I was seeing patients in our clinic in Blue Ash, Ohio, on what seemed like a regular Tuesday morning. Not long after my day had started, an assistant came back to my clinic area with bad news: a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. At …

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Chairman McCaul (R-TX): 15 years after 9/11, we’re forgetting vital lessons

Communications • September 11, 2016

Sunday marks 15 years since the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. House Republicans have been sharing their reflections on this anniversary, and encouraging you to keep the memory alive, lest we forget the historic moment our country and our world changed forever. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the …

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Rep. Walorski (R-IN): 9/11 changed the world, not our responsibilities

Communications • September 11, 2016

It’s been 15 years since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Like many Americans, Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) remembers exactly where she was when she heard the news. Unlike most Americans, however, Walorski wasn’t living in the United States. As she shares in her guest column on, Walorski and her husband were living in …

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Rep. McSally (R-AZ): 15 years later, stay vigilant and true to our values

Rep. Martha McSally • September 10, 2016

Fifteen years ago, nearly 3,000 Americans, most of them ordinary people going about their daily lives, were killed in the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. In the time that’s passed, we as a country have changed drastically, as have the threats we face. But the need to remain vigilant and true to the values …

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