President Signs Executive Order (9/24)

President Signs Executive Order
This morning, President George W. Bush gave Congress a big boost that is a significant key to winning the war on terrorism when he signed an executive order that named terrorist organizations and froze their US Assets -- both here and overseas.  The move froze the assets of 27 organizations and individuals that are known to be terrorist organizations or a front for terrorist groups. To view the executive order go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010924-1.html.

Crop Dusters to Resume Flying Tuesday
After the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) grounded crop dusters because of  "a serious, credible threat" stemming from an inquiry by a known terrorist into the use of crop dusters, the FAA has indicated that crop dusters can resume flights beginning at 12:05 a.m. in each time zone on Tuesday, September 25th.  For more information, visit www.faa.gov.

This Week in Washington
Here in Congress, we'll be working this week on defense authorization and anti-terrorism legislation. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will be working with other appropriators to streamline the FY02 appropriations process and speed up a two-week continuing resolution that will keep the federal government operating through Oct. 16. Finally, a number of hearings regarding the future of national security will be held including a hearing focusing on airline passenger and baggage screening.  There will also be hearings in the House and Senate on homeland security, ground transportation security, and the psychological trauma of terrorism.