For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
July 24, 2002
Remarks by the President in Meeting with Democrats on Homeland Security
The Cabinet Room
2:55 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Today, I've had the honor of talking to members of
the United States Congress -- these good folks happen to be
Democrats -- about how to leave behind a legacy of a more secure
America. We're talking about an incredibly important piece of
legislation that will be voted on this Friday. It's legislation to
create a Department of Homeland Security; it's really a piece of
legislation to make America a safer place.
And I want to thank the leaders who are here for their willingness
to put partisanship aside and focus on what's best for the American
people. I believe we're going to get a good bill on Friday out of
the House. I ask the Senate to vote on the bill before they go
home for their August vacation.
Secondly, we're making progress on a piece of legislation which
will enable us to say that we passed laws to help protect
investors, 401(k) stockholders, from corporate fraud. This
government, this government will investigate, will arrest, and will
prosecute corporate executives who break the law. And the Justice
Department took action today.
And, finally, I am hopeful that after a lot of work, we can
get a trade bill up on the floor of the House and the floor of the
Senate before they go home for August, as well. This is an
important part of a legislative package necessary to help create
jobs and keep the economy going.
Today was a day of action and a day of accomplishment in
Washington, D.C. And I want to thank the members for that.
Thank you all.
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