Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Kerry Urges More Time for Sept. 11 Panel

Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said Tuesday that the Sept. 11 commission should continue working another 18 months to ensure its proposed reforms are adopted, a challenge embraced by the bipartisan panel.

With the two candidates determined to project a proactive image on the commission's work in this election year, President Bush (news - web sites) has assembled a task force to review the 10-member panel's work. Kerry has said he should implement the five-day-old proposals immediately.

"Backpedaling and going slow is something that America can't afford," Kerry said. "It will take real, bipartisan leadership and real action to protect this country of ours. You can't treat the commission's report as something that you hope will go away."

Kerry, speaking before the USS Wisconsin in this port city en route to the ongoing Democratic National Convention, said Bush could immediately implement many of the commission's recommendations by executive order. He said Congress should do its part and act swiftly when legislation or funding is needed.

"Now that the 9-11 commission has done its job, we need to do our job," Kerry said. "We understand the threat. We have a blueprint for action. We have the strength as a nation to do what has to be done. The only thing we don't have is time. We need to do it now."


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