Langevin Floor Statement Condemning Terrorist Attacks on the United States of America

Sep 12, 2001
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)–Congressman Jim Langevin will join his colleagues on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to offer the following statement during debate on a resolution condemning the terrorist attacks that took place in the United States yesterday.  The address can be viewed live on C-Span, channel 31 in Rhode Island, sometime after 2:00 PM today.    

“Mr. Speaker, I come to the floor deeply distraught and outraged by the senseless terrorist actions perpetrated yesterday against the American people.  My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of these crimes and their families, and I wish to pay special honor to those who called Rhode Island their home - Amy Jarret of North Smithfield, Carol Bouchard of Warwick, Renee Newell of Cranston, Shawn Nassaney of Pawtucket, and David and Lynn Angell of Barrington.  Sadly, in the coming days, the names on this list will grow, and I offer my deepest condolences to the loved ones of these innocent victims.  

For centuries, Rhode Island has been a bastion of democracy, freedom, and tolerance - principles and ideals that were targets of yesterday’s cowardly attacks.  However, Rhode Islanders are also known for their independence and strong spirit.  Our resolve and love for freedom will not be broken by terrorism.  As a member of the Armed Services Committee, I vow to do all in my power to find those implicated in this attack and bring them swiftly to justice.  It is our responsibility in Congress to protect the American people and our democratic ideals, and I stand by the President and our leadership in these endeavors.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.”