Vice Chair Crowley Statement on the 14th Anniversary of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks

September 11, 2015
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, released the following statement marking the 14th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks:

“Today is a day to pause and to pay our respects. It is also a day to remember how it felt when our nation came together, as one, and pledged to emerge stronger. That spirit is something I believe we should reclaim and embrace, as we work to create a better, more peaceful world for all.

“Not a day goes by when I don’t think about that fateful morning. Not a day goes by when I don’t mourn the loss of my cousin, FDNY Battalion Chief John Moran, and the thousands of lives lost that day. And, not a day goes by when I don’t give thanks to the brave first responders and members of our military, who, that day and every day, put country above self. Despite the passage of time, the sadness of that day will always be with us.

“Unfortunately, for many first responders, area residents, and the thousands of volunteers who helped clean up Ground Zero, the battle continues for the health care they undoubtedly deserve. There should never be a question of whether these brave men and women will receive the health care they need. That’s why we must permanently extend the James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act before it expires later this year. Our heroes’ lives are at stake, and we owe it to them to ensure they receive the care and monitoring they need. The pain of that day may live in our hearts, but the memory of that day must also live on in our actions.”

Congressman Crowley is the nine-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.