New Year, 7 New Cosponsors of 28 Pages Resolution

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

Fresh on the heels of a December surge in congressional support for the declassification of 28 secret pages on foreign government links to the 9/11 hijackers, the new year has already seen seven more House members add their names to a resolution urging the president to release the pages to the public.

This week, Mick Mulvaney (R, SC-5), Hakeem Jeffries (D, NY-8), Alan Lowenthal (D, CA-47), David Trott (R, MI-11), Jerry McNerney (D, CA-9), Dina Titus (D, NV-1) and Charlie Rangel (D, NY-13) joined House Resolution 14, which urges the president to release the pages to the public. Fifteen members have joined since December 9, bringing the total to 35.

Rangel was a cosponsor of the identically-worded H.Res.428 in the previous congress; there are three more H.Res.428 cosponsors who haven’t yet signed on to H.Res.14: Keith Ellison (D, MN-5), Gene Green (D, TX-29) and Louise Slaughter (D, NY-25).

Rep. Dave Trott
Rep. Dave Trott

The spike in support for declassifying the 28-page chapter from a 2003 joint congressional intelligence inquiry into 9/11 comes against the backdrop of recent high-profile terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, and heightened scrutiny of Saudi Arabia’s alleged role in funding extremism.

“If the 28 pages were to be made public, I have no question that the entire relationship with Saudi Arabia would change overnight,” a government official familiar with the pages told investigative journalists Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan, as related in their book, The Eleventh Day.

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Holiday Rush: 8 More Reps Urge Release of 28 Pages on 9/11

Rep. Justin Amash
Rep. Justin Amash (R, MI)

The ten days leading up to Congress’s holiday recess saw a surge in cosponsorship of House Resolution 14, which urges the president to declassify 28 pages detailing specific indications of foreign government support of the 9/11 hijackers.

Spurred on by Republican North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones and his staff, and perhaps motivated by recent terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, eight members—five Democrats and three Republicans—joined the resolution. The pre-holiday surge pushed the tally of cosponsors to 28, surpassing the 21 supporters of an identically-worded resolution, H.Res.428, in the previous Congress.

Five of the new cosponsors are taking their first legislative stand in support of releasing the classified 28-page chapter from a 2003 joint Congressional intelligence inquiry into 9/11: Justin Amash, Mike Honda, Louie Gohmert, Austin Scott and Bennie Thompson. 

Three of the eight new cosponsors—Lacy Clay, Alcee Hastings and James McGovern—had cosponsored H.Res.428. There are still four others who signed on to the H.Res.428 but have yet to join H.Res.14: Keith Ellison, Gene Green, Charlie Rangel and Louise Slaughter.

Rep. Mike Honda (D, CA)
Rep. Mike Honda (D, CA)

Jones has said, “I was absolutely shocked by what I read,” and has been forceful in declaring that the American people and 9/11 families have a right to know what is revealed in the 28 pages—and equally forceful in asserting that there would be no risk to national security in releasing the material to the public.

Former Senator Bob Graham, who helped lead the joint congressional inquiry that produced the 28 pages as part of a much larger report, told reporters at a January 2015 press conference that “the 28 pages relate to who financed 9/11 and they point a very strong finger at Saudi Arabia as being the principal financier.”

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Arizona’s Pastor Becomes 21st HRes 428 Cosponsor

Congressman Ed Pastor
Congressman Ed Pastor

Arizona Congressman Ed Pastor has signed on as the 21st cosponsor of House Resolution 428, which urges the president to declassify the 28-page finding on foreign government support of the 9/11 hijackers. Pastor represents Arizona’s 7th district, which includes much of Phoenix and Glendale. His cosponsorship, however, will be short-lived: He is retiring next month.

In the early months of HRes 428’s life, the cosponsor list had a fairly significant GOP leaning. From September through November, however, the addition of several Democrats brought it to a perfect red/blue equilibrium. With the addition of Democrat Pastor, there are now 11 Democrats and 10 Republicans.

Given the unassailable objective of HRes 428—to give the American people access to information they full deserve to have—it’s encouraging that members of both parties are demonstrating real cooperation on this issue. If there’s one thing we should all agree on, it’s transparency—and a government and citizenry that’s able to reach conclusions on foreign policy that reflect highly relevant information like that found in the 28 pages.

We’re making nice progress, but we’ve got more work to do. If your representative isn’t on the cosponsor list yet, do your part by giving them a call or sending them one of our ready-to-print letters. Please do it today, while it’s on your mind.

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No Recess for the 28 Pages Movement: HRes 428 Lands Three New Cosponsors

Even while Congress was in recess, the drive to declassify the 28-page finding on foreign government support of the 9/11 hijackers continued to make progress: On the first day back from the break, three more representatives signed on as cosponsors of House Resolution 428, which urges the president to release the 28 pages.

Gene Green
Gene Green

The three are two Texans—Gene Green and Lloyd Doggett—and Minnesota’s Keith Ellison. All three are Democrats, bringing the cosponsor list to a beautifully bipartisan balance of 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans.

Lloyd Doggett
Lloyd Doggett

In other cosponsor news, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s reelection was in doubt for several days after the election, but her challenger has now conceded the race, having lost by only 869 votes.

Keith Ellison
Keith Ellison

Four cosponsors—all Republicans—will not be in the next Congress. For more on how HRes 428 cosponsors fared on election day, see our recap.

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Post-Election Update: How Declassification Supporters Fared

While the classification of a 28-page finding on foreign government support of the 9/11 hijackers wasn’t an issue in the recent midterm elections, those working to release the 28 pages should take great interest in the outcome of certain races—those involving House Resolution 428 cosponsors.

HRes 428, which urges the president to declassify the 28 pages, was introduced by North Carolina congressman Walter Jones and has attracted 17 cosponsors. Of those 18 total representatives:

  • Three did not seek reelection: Steve Stockman (TX), Paul Broun (GA) and Howard Coble (NC).
  • One lost his seat: Vance McAllister (LA).
  • One is leading by a slim margin: As of this writing, Louise Slaughter (NY) has 528 more votes than her challenger; a recount is scheduled for Wednesday. UPDATE: Slaughter’s opponent has conceded the race. 

All the rest were re-elected, and a Capitol Hill source tells 28Pages.org that three more representatives committed to cosponsoring HRes 428 during the election recess.

The three new names will officially be added to the cosponsor list when the House reconvenes this week. While we won’t disclose their identities today, we will say that two are from Texas and the other is from Minnesota. All three are Democrats, which will bring the roster of House supporters to a near-perfect bipartisan balance.

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