Magazines and the Mail
Our employees have found themselves on the front lines of a new kind of war. It is not a role they have sought, but it is one they have accepted. They have become quiet heroes simply by doing their jobs. We mourn for two of them, while we pray for the health of seven others who have suffered from this attack.
I must acknowledge the cooperation and assistance of our employee unions and management associations through this difficult period. Along with my management team, they have been very helpful in keeping postal employees aware and, through that awareness, contributing to their understanding and safety.
Mr. Chairman, the Postal Service is doing everything humanly possible to bring this tragic episode to a close and to prevent similar problems in the future. There is nothing more important to us than to protect our employees, those who use the mail, and the mail itself.
But we cannot do it without help at this time.
I am confident that the investigations being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Postal Inspection Service will result in putting those responsible for these terrorist acts behind bars.
We appreciate the efforts of Secretary Thompson of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the many state and local health departments who have worked to share information and treatment with affected postal employees and the public. We are also grateful for the leadership of Governor Ridge and the Office of Homeland Security in helping to coordinate the many issues that involve so many different agencies.
Mr. Chairman, despite the leadership and support we have received - and continue to receive - there is a need for financial aid, as well.
The attacks that began on September 11 were acts of war. They have resulted in costs and business impacts that simply could not have been anticipated.