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 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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Moran, Nadler, Shuster Should Be Next Three HRes 428 Co-Sponsors

With seven more representatives joining the list of House Resolution 428 cosponsors in the past two weeks, the bipartisan drive to declassify the 28-page finding on foreign government support of the September 11 hijackers is clearly gaining steam.

As looks at the House of Representatives with an eye on who should be next to take a stand for 9/11 transparency, three names keep rising to the top of our list: Jim Moran, Jerry Nadler and Bill Shuster.

What distinguishes these three? It isn’t their politics—it’s their geography: Their three districts are, respectively, home to the Pentagon, the World Trade Center and that remote, windswept field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Not only do these three gentlemen represent districts with solemn ties to September 11, each also held office on that day. One—Pennsylvania’s Shuster—had taken his oath less than four months before Flight 93’s determined passengers downed their plane in his district, likely saving the U.S. Capitol Building from devastation.

If you agree they should stand together—two Democrats and a Republican—to acknowledge their districts’ unique ties to September 11th and cosponsor H.Res.428, let them hear some polite encouragement via social media and include a link to this page.  

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Video: Ron Paul Interviews Rep. Walter Jones on H.Res. 428

In a new interview on the Ron Paul Channel, Rep. Walter Jones discussed his ongoing efforts to bring about the declassification of the 28-page finding on foreign government support of the 9/11 hijackers. Three of his remarks to host Ron Paul were particularly pointed:

  • “The Bush people do not want (the 28 pages) released. It’s not a national security issue, but it would be embarrassing to the previous administration if this information is opened for the public.”
  • “The American people have the right to know the truth and to know the relationship with the Saudis at the time of the Bush administration.”
  • “I have an article that was (published in) 2003, CBS national news, saying that George Bush said, ‘No, we don’t want to release the 28 pages.’ I know why.”

Rep. Jones also revealed that he’s working hard to find Senators to introduce a measure comparable to H.Res 428, which urges the president to declassify the 28 redacted pages. Among the senators he’s reached out to are Rand Paul (KY), Tom Carper (DE) and Marco Rubio (FL). Notably absent in their discussion of declassification tactics: the potential use of a little-known Senate Intelligence Committee rule that can bypass the need for presidential consent altogether.

Jones said, “I hope many of the people watching your show…will reach out to their senator and their congressperson and tell them to declassify the 28 pages. The 9/11 families have a right to know what’s in those 28 pages and so do the American people.” Our handy guide to calling Congress makes it easy to do just that.