Thursday, September 13, 2001

Constituents' emotions unmitigated

Lawmakers try to convey unity

By Derrick DePledge
Enquirer Washington Bureau

        WASHINGTON — Terrorists left their mark on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, but the emotional burn of the unprecedented attack also spread across the country.

        In Southwest Ohio, hundreds of people appealed to their lawmakers to respond quickly to the violence. Some wanted to know what they could to do to help the victims in New York and Washington. Some demanded cold and swift revenge.

        “I am writing to ask you to do your best to make sure that every drop of American blood that spilled yesterday is revenged,” one person from Middletown wrote Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio.

        Another, in Hamilton, asked for deadly force — not an arrest or trial — if those responsible for the attack are found. “Americans should not have to sacrifice their freedoms for the likes of criminals.”

        Mr. Boehner, trying to soothe raw feelings back home, sent an e-mail to about 1,000 constituents assuring them that despite the damage and loss of life “the American spirit and resolve remain strong and are getting stronger with each passing minute.”

        On Capitol Hill, lawmakers attended intelligence briefings Wednesday and drafted a joint resolution that condemned the terrorist attacks, extended condolences to the victims and praised rescue workers.

        Lawmakers agreed to support more resources to combat terrorism and work with President Bush to find and punish the terrorists involved.

        “Americans stand together today. A people united, a spirit unbroken,” said Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, a member of the Select Committee on Intelligence.

        Rep. Ken Lucas, D-Ky., compared the orchestrated strike Tuesday to Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. He asked his constituents in Northern Kentucky to display the American flag.

        Mr. Boehner directed constituents interested in giving blood to the American Red Cross, while Rep. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, asked that people who wanted to aid in rescue contact the United Way and the Salvation Army.

        Rep. Baron Hill, D-Ind., a member of the House Armed Services Committee and an oversight panel on terrorism, said he was sickened by the attack. “But I am also angry,” he said. “These were attacks against our freedom and our safety.”


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