This is the same legislation that was recommended by the 9/11 Commission.
"The commander in chief in the middle of a war says he needs this bill to protect the American people," said Sen. Joseph Lieberman (news, bio, voting record), D-Conn., who led Democratic negotiators.Hear that GOP! You can't blame us if we have another attack. You can only blame yourself. The current Vice President says the United States could be attacked if Senator Kerry was elected as president. Well, guess what, his own party failed to pass legislation that the 9/11 Commission recommended. What do you have to say for yourself?
"Republicans control the House, the Senate, and the White House, and the blame for this failure is theirs alone," said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California.
If lawmakers fail to pass legislation this year, they will render moot three months of hearings and negotiations that started with the commission's July release of its report studying the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Lawmakers would have to start from scratch next year — if they even pick up the issue again. With a new Congress taking office in January, unapproved bills expire and new lawmakers and committee leaders would have to consider any new legislation.