Remembering 9/11

Today is the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America. A lot has changed since that fateful day, but too much remains the same.

Firefighters and other first responders who rushed to save or find survivors are still dying.

More than 30,000 responders receive critical care through the federal World Trade Center Health Program, which also monitors the medical conditions of another 60,000 responders. Congress must reauthorize funding for that program before it expires in 2015.

America is still fighting a worldwide war against ideological terrorists. We spent trillions to invade Iraq and Afghanistan in order to eliminate the terrorist threat, only to have it reemerge in Syria and Somalia.

And, U.S. leaders are still using terrorism to score partisan points. Members of the 9/11 Commission recently ripped Republican members of Congress for politicizing the ISIS threat as a means to bash Obama, while Congress took a summer vacation.

But one thing that hasn’t changed is American’s resilience and resolve to oppose barbarity and extremism wherever it emerges.