WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), who serves as a member of the defense authorizing and appropriations committees, released the following statement today to mark the thirteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001:

“Thirteen years later, we will never forget those who lost their lives on 9/11, and we’re forever grateful to our men and women in uniform, intelligence professionals, and the nation’s first responder community for working tirelessly to keep us safe.

“There’s no doubt that our nation still faces a real threat from terrorist groups and enemies who wish us harm. We were reminded of this just two years ago, when four Americans were killed during a terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi. Today, the threat to our nation from terrorist groups like ISIL is still very real. I hope the president's plan and his resolve can meet the goal of defeating this enemy.

“As a member of the defense authorizing and appropriations committees, I will continue working to ensure our military, intelligence, and first responders have the resources they need to protect America. On this day and every day, we will never forget the innocent victims, first responders, and their families who lost so much on 9/11.”

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