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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Great Start to New Session: Three House Reps Join H.Res.14

JOHN CONYERS GRAYSON 2 MARK POCANFrom left: John Conyers (MI), Alan Grayson (FL), Mark Pocan (WI)

The 114th Congress is still in its infancy, but three representatives have already joined Walter Jones, Stephen Lynch and Thomas Massie to cosponsor House Resolution 14, which urges the president to declassify the 28-page finding on foreign government ties to the 9/11 hijackers. The three are John Conyers (MI-13), Alan Grayson (FL-9) and Mark Pocan (WI-2).

H.Res.14 is the successor to H.Res.428, which had accumulated 21 cosponsors by the end of the 113th Congress, with more than half of that number joining the drive for 9/11 transparency in the final four months of 2014 alone.

Grayson made headlines in December when he announced the House Intelligence Committee had denied his request to read the 28 pages, telling that retiring committee chair Mike Rogers misled the committee in an act of retribution for Grayson’s outspoken criticism of mass surveillance programs.

More Cosponsors to Come

Representatives who cosponsored H.Res.428 aren’t automatically transferred to H.Res.14; staffers in Congressman Walter Jones’ office are coordinating the process of getting them aboard the new resolution and tell they expect all of them to make the move.

For the moment, H.Res.14 has five cosponsors. Assuming the addition of all of the remaining* H.Res.428 cosponsors, the tally will soon rise to 18.

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*Status of H.Res.428 Cosponsors

  • Stephen Lynch (D, MA-8) Has cosponsored H.Res.14
  • Thomas Massie (R, KY-4) – Has cosponsored H.Res.14
  • Lacy Clay (D, MO-1)
  • Lloyd Doggett (D, TX-35)
  • John Duncan, Jr. (R, TN-2)
  • Keith Ellison (D, MN-5)
  • Gene Green (D, TX-29)
  • Alcee Hastings (D, FL-20)
  • James McGovern (D, MA-2)
  • Collin Peterson (D, MN-7)
  • Charles Rangel (D, NY-13)
  • Dana Rohrabacher (R, CA-48)
  • Mark Sanford (R, SC-1)
  • Louise Slaughter (D, NY-25)
  • Ted Yoho (R, FL-3)
  • Paul Broun (R, GA-10) – Retired
  • Howard Coble (R, NC-6) – Retired
  • Michael Grimm (R, NY-11) – Resigned
  • Vance McAllister (R, LA-5) – Lost election
  • Ed Pastor (D, AZ-7) – Retired
  • Steve Stockman (R, TX-36) – Retired