'Republican Opposition to Extending 9/11 Commission at Odds with
Enormity of September 11th Tragedy'
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today on news reports that President Bush and Speaker
Hastert oppose granting more time to the independent commission
investigating the September 11 terrorist attacks:
Bushs opposition to extending the Commission is at odds with
the enormity of the tragedy we suffered on September 11th, and with
the necessity to do everything we can to make it less likely that
we would experience another horrific attack.
is to the families of 9/11 and the future security of our country.
The families need answers, and we need to protect the American people.
The Administration's secrecy and stalling do not serve either purpose.
and again, the Bush Administration has refused to de-classify relevant
information so that it can be examined by the Commission. Then it
delayed turning over necessary material. Now, after slow walking
the Commission for months, President Bush is opposing granting the
Commission extra time to complete its work.
of those in the best position to know -- the Republicans and Democrats
on the Commission -- have said they need more time. President Bush
and Speaker Hastert owe the families and the country an explanation
of why they are preventing the Commission from doing its work.