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tv   U.S. Senate Sen. Blackburn on 911  CSPAN  September 12, 2019 9:24am-9:33am EDT

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as long as we keep this day of remembrance in our hearts, we shall meet the challenges that lie ahead. mr. president, i yield the floor. >> thank you, mr. president. i so enjoyed listening to my colleagues as they talked about the issues that are important to them, and to the state that they represent. it is, indeed, one of those privileges that we in this body enjoy, and many times we take it for granted but today as a day of remembrance is a day that we look back and say we ought not to take it for granted because there are many in this world who would threaten our freedoms and our liberties. and earlier this week, i was
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talking with some of the members of our team and we were trading stories about who we were on the morning of september 11th and how it affected the way we viewed their place in the world and their memories, what their recollection was. and those of us who vividly remember that day still recall an unsettling cascade of emotions. there was shock, confusion, and finally, dread as we realized that we were not as initially thought, seeing a senseless accident, but indeed, what was happening, we were under attack. and as the morning wore on dread really gave way to fear and panic and finally absolute terror that our loved ones that
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were in new york and washington and pennsylvania, and who were in the air, maybe flying home, were among those that were experiencing firsthand what was happening. it was a perfect storm of conflicting media reports and jammed cell service that made it almost impossible to reach out to people, and to ask that question, are you okay. and to hear their voice. through the smoke and the blood came a moment of awful clarity. life would never be the same because we would never again experience life without feeling as if we were a target. the events of september 11th introduced a new generation of americans to the reality that our country is not and will
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never be immune to the threat of terror. those who were teetering on the edge of adulthood may not have immediately made the connection between global politics and the disaster that was playing out op tv in real-time. but by the time terrorists struck that second tower, i think a lot of people really had begun to understand what was happening. later they learned that half a world away, a group of men who referred to themselves as al qaeda had made it their life's mission to murder americans. they were doing it to prove a point. and yes, it did leave a mark on this nation and on our citizens. younger americans memories of
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that day really are fuzzier, but all of those, without exception. my staff remembered what they now describe as a sense of national unity rising up in the days following the attacks. they remember that every house on the street flew an american flag and that every adult they knew stood in a line to give blood. they saw a small town first responders load up those fire trucks and emergency vehicles, and head to new york. at the time they really didn't understand geopoliticals but they did understand fear and suffering because they saw that fear in the eyes of their teachers, and in the adults that surrounded them, but they also saw the shift that the attacks and the aftermath
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caused in our country. for a time, partisanship and bitterness was washed away. what you saw was unity and waving flags. now, almost 20 years later, memories are growing fuzzy. sometimes they're nonexistent. calls for unity have been replaced by heated debate. too often, the loudest voices that look back at 9/11 as an event in the collective memory and they don't look at it as an occurrence that changed lives and life styles forever. they consider in passing the remnants of the attacks and debates over foreign policy and defense spending, but ignore why we remain so focused on national security.
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this is why every year, without exception, we remind ourselves that the kind of hatred it takes to bring an entire country to its knees gives no quarter. we acknowledge the actions of 19 terrorists whose twisted beliefs led to the violent murders of nearly 3000 innocent people because even though the panic of that awful morning has faded, you know what? our enemies desire to make an example of us has not. but america with all of her imperfectio imperfections, with all the bitterness and hatred and divisiveness, today we keep their memory as a beacon
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against the void that allowed violence and terror. we remember the heroes who defied fear and reason and ran towards the flames, putting of love of country and countrymen above all else and we remember and remind ourselves that by simply standing back up, america made herself the world's best example of what it looks like when love, hope and valor triumph over the forces of darkness. i yield. >> the house will be in order. >> for 40 years, c-span has been providing america unfiltered coverage of congress, the white house, the supreme court, and public policy events from washington d.c. and around the country so you can make up your own mind. created by cable in 1979,
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c-span is brought to you by your local cable or satellite provider. c-span your unfiltered view of government. government. >> president trump announced his administration would take action to ban flavored e-cigarettes. in an effort to protect children against addiction. he was joined by health and human services secretary alex and took questions about john bolton's firing. >> well, thank you very much. i just want to say that the first lady and myself, we just came back from an incredible experience at the pentagon. it was an incredible, really, a beautiful ceremony and i was very honored and i think i can definitely speak for the first lady, to have partaken in a ceremony that was just


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