WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 — The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued the following testimony: Thank you, Chairman Lieberman, Senator Collins, and members of the Committee. I appreciate the opportunity to testify today on the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to keep our nation safe from evolving threats.
The United States has made significant progress in securing the nation from terrorism since the September 11, 2001 attacks. As we observe this tenth anniversary of 9/11, we honor the nearly 3,000 innocent victims, as well as their friends, colleagues, and families. We salute the many first responders and law enforcement officials who responded with such courage and conviction on that tragic day and in the days that followed.
We also recommit ourselves to the continued protection of our nation, our freedoms, and our way of life. The recent anniversary is also a time to consider the great progress we have made since then. America is a stronger and more secure nation today. We bounced back from the worst attack on our soil and made progress on every front to protect ourselves, using our experience to become more resilient, not only to terrorist attacks, but to threats and disasters of all kinds.