Special Report—United We Stand

The United States Responds

A collection of key presidential speeches in the wake of September 11, congressional legislation related to the attacks, and more.

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September 2001

President Bush's Speech to the Nation on the Response to the Terrorist Attacks
President Bush spoke to the nation from the United States Congress on September 20, 2001.

President Bush's Speech at the National Cathedral
President Bush declared Friday, September 14, 2001, as a national day of prayer and remembrance for the victims of the terrorist attacks.

House Concurrent Resolution 227 (PDF, 31 KB)
On September 26, 2001, Congress passed a concurrent resolution condemning bigotry and violence against Arab-Americans, American Muslims, and Americans from South Asia. Read the full text of the resolution here.

October 2001

President Bush's Announcement of First Strikes Against Afghanistan
On October 7, 2001, President Bush announced that the United States was taking military action against Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Tony Blair's statement to Parliament on October 8, 2001, on attacks against military targets in Afghanistan
Britain joined with the United States in the October 7 military strikes against Afghanistan. British Prime Minister Tony Blair spoke to Parliament the next day.

November 2001

President Bush Speaks to the United Nations
On November 10, 2001, President Bush spoke to the General Assembly of the United Nations. He said that every nation has a stake in the fight against terrorism.

December 2001

Remarks by President Bush on the USS Enterprise on Pearl Harbor Day
On December 7, the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the President spoke on board the USS Enterprise Naval Station in Norfolk, Virginia.

January 2002

President Bush's State of the Union Address
In his State of the Union address, President Bush described the budget he sent to Congress and its three goals: winning the war in Afghanistan, establishing a Department of Homeland Security, and strengthening the economy.

March 2002

Governor Tom Ridge Announces Homeland Security Advisory System
Tom Ridge, the head of the Office of Homeland Security, announced a new system for the federal government to issue alerts about the risk of terrorist attacks.

June 2002

President Bush Announces His Proposal for a Department of Homeland Security
President Bush spoke to the nation on the progress of the war on terrorism and explained his plan for the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.

Remarks by President Bush at Signing of H.R. 3448, the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Response Act of 2002

House Resolution 449
House Resolution 449 established the House Select Committee on Homeland Security. The mission of the Select Committee on Homeland Security is to form legislation to establish a Department of Homeland Security.

July 2002

President Bush's National Strategy for Homeland Security
This link contains the President's detailed plan to establish a Department of Homeland Security.

September 2002

President Bush's Address to the United Nations General Assembly
In an address to the United Nations General Assembly, President George W. Bush made a strong case for UN action regarding the dangers posed by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

November 2002

Homeland Security Act of 2002
The Homeland Security Act of 2002 outlined the organization and functions of the new Department of Homeland Security.

President Bush's Remarks at the Signing of the Homeland Security Act of 2002
President Bush highlighted the benefits and protection provided by the Department of Homeland Security as he signed into law the Homeland Security Act of 2002.