President Trump Signs The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

President Trump Signs The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of H.R. 1327, an Act to Permanently Authorize the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Rose Garden

10:09 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Well, thank you very much, everybody.  Please, sit down.  Very important day.  And we’re gathered this morning at the White House to honor our solemn duty to America’s best, bravest, and finest, who I know so well.

In a few moments, I will sign a bipartisan bill to fully reauthorize the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.  So, the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund is something you’ve all worked on very hard, and the day has come….


Today, we come together as one nation to support our September 11th heroes, to care for their families, and to renew our eternal vow: Never, Ever Forget.

In the wake of the September 11th attacks, courageous Americans raced into smoke, fire, and debris in lower Manhattan, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 

The whole world witnessed the might and resilience of our nation in the extraordinary men and women of the New York Fire Department and the New York Police Department, selfless patriots of unmatched character and devotion.  I grew up with them so I can tell you that’s absolutely true.  It’s always nice to really know your subject.  I know that subject.  These are great people.

To every 9/11 hero, you poured out your heart, your sweat, your soul, and everything you had for your country.  You ran toward the wreckage, into a ball of flames, like, frankly, nobody in this country had ever seen. 

You searched for survivors.  You went back day after day and night after night to save lives and return the fallen to their families, to rebuild and recover, and to show the entire world that nothing will ever break America’s spirit…


Over the last two decades, you have endured hardship with amazing grace and incredible grit.  Through it all, you care and you work, and you love, and you will always remember all of those great families.  You lift up our communities and you remind us all what it means to stand united as “one nation under God.”

For your entire lives, you have gone far beyond your duty to us, and today we strive to fulfill our sacred duty to you.

We love you.  We honor you.  And we thank you.  God bless you all.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you.

Now I’m going to sign this bill into law.  And I don’t know if the stage will hold it, but if it doesn’t, we’re not falling very far.  But I’d like to ask the families and I’d also like to ask the first responders to come up, and we’ll give — we’ll give this stage a shot.  Let’s see how well built.  Made in America.  Let’s see how well built it is.  Okay?  Come on up.

(The bill is signed.)