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America Recovers: Congress Responds

Aired October 2, 2001 - 06:48   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: In New York City yesterday, members of Congress took time away from their work on Capitol Hill on an antiterrorism bill, to tour that devastation where the World Trade Center once stood. More than 100 congressman traveled to those ruins and came away using words like "incomprehensible" and "eye-opening" to describe what they saw.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIPS)

REP. DENNIS HASTERT (R), HOUSE SPEAKER: Out of this tragedy have come thousands and thousands of stories about the valiant efforts of firemen and just ordinary people. The Congress should do no less. We will work, we will come back to New York again to see this town full of people and to see this town rise back from the ashes that we saw today.

REP. RICHARD GEPHARDT (D), MINORITY LEADER: We are inspired by your heroism and your courage and your steadfastness in fighting this, and we gain courage and effort and a desire to work with you from what you have done. We are trying to be, as I told the president the other day, half as good as you have been.

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LIN: Well, the new antiterrorism legislation that they are considering would broaden law enforcement's powers. House leaders say they hope their version of the bill will be passed by the end of the week.

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THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: In New York City yesterday, members of Congress took time away from their work on Capitol Hill on an antiterrorism bill, to tour that devastation where the World Trade Center once stood. More than 100 congressman traveled to those ruins and came away using words like "incomprehensible" and "eye-opening" to describe what they saw.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIPS)

REP. DENNIS HASTERT (R), HOUSE SPEAKER: Out of this tragedy have come thousands and thousands of stories about the valiant efforts of firemen and just ordinary people. The Congress should do no less. We will work, we will come back to New York again to see this town full of people and to see this town rise back from the ashes that we saw today.

REP. RICHARD GEPHARDT (D), MINORITY LEADER: We are inspired by your heroism and your courage and your steadfastness in fighting this, and we gain courage and effort and a desire to work with you from what you have done. We are trying to be, as I told the president the other day, half as good as you have been.

(END VIDEO CLIPS)

LIN: Well, the new antiterrorism legislation that they are considering would broaden law enforcement's powers. House leaders say they hope their version of the bill will be passed by the end of the week.

TO ORDER A VIDEO OF THIS TRANSCRIPT, PLEASE CALL 800-CNN-NEWS OR USE OUR SECURE ONLINE ORDER FORM LOCATED AT www.fdch.com

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