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13 September 2001

Text: Bush Seeks Congressional Approval for Anti-Terrorism Funding

(President urges rapid action on request for $20,000 million) (690)
President Bush is seeking rapid congressional action on his request
for $20,000 million in emergency funding in the aftermath of the
September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
In a letter to Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, President Bush
says the funding would be devoted to support of the victims and their
families, bolstering the relief and recovery effort, investigation of
the attacks, and enhanced anti-terrorism security.
Following is the text of the President's letter to the Speaker:
(begin text)
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
September 13, 2001
TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO
THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 12, 2001
Yesterday, evil and despicable acts of terror were perpetrated against
our fellow citizens. Our way of life, indeed our very freedom, came
under attack. Our first priority is to respond swiftly and surely. We
need to do so in a way that will make Americans proud, especially
those heroes who are struggling so valiantly to deal with yesterday's
tragedy.
Immediate steps are being taken to protect our citizens at home and
around the world. I implemented our Government's emergency response
plans, and the functions of our Government continue without
interruption. I have directed the full resources of our intelligence
and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring
them to justice.
Now Congress must act. I ask the Congress to immediately pass and send
to me the enclosed request for $20,000,000,000 in FY 2001 emergency
appropriations to provide resources to address the terrorist attacks
on the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001, and the
consequences of such attacks. Passing this supplemental appropriations
bill without delay will send a powerful signal of unity to our fellow
Americans and to the world. If additional resources are necessary, I
will forward another request for additional funding.
I designate the entire amount as an emergency requirement pursuant to
section 251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit
Control Act of 1985, as amended.
Sincerely,
GEORGE W. BUSH
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EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Unanticipated Needs
For additional expenses, $20,000,000,000, to remain available until
expended, to respond to the terrorist attacks on the United States
that occurred on September 11, 2001, to provide assistance to the
victims of those attacks and to address other consequences of such
attacks, to include providing: the costs of Federal, State, and local
preparedness for mitigating and responding to the attacks; support to
counter, investigate, or prosecute domestic or international
terrorism; and, increased transit security, repair facilities and
transit systems damaged by the attacks and supporting national
security:
Provided, That these funds may be transferred to any authorized
Federal Government activity to meet the needs resulting from such
attacks:
Provided further, That the Congress designates the entire amount as an
emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced
Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended:
Provided further, That the President shall consult with the Chairmen
and Ranking Minority Members of the House and Senate Committees on
Appropriations on the allocation of these funds:
Provided further, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget
shall provide quarterly reports to the House and Senate Committees on
Appropriations on the use of these funds, beginning no later than
January 2, 2002:
Provided further, That the President shall submit to the Congress as
soon as practicable detailed requests to meet any further funding
requirements.
The entire amount requested has been designated by the President as an
emergency requirement pursuant to the Balanced Budget and Emergency
Deficit Control act of 1985, as amended.
GENERAL PROVISIONS
Sec. Funds appropriated by this Act, or made available by the transfer
of funds in this Act, for intelligence activities are deemed to be
specifically authorized by the Congress for purposes of section 504 of
the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 414).
(end text)
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