"We write on behalf of all members of the 9/11 Commission to urge the Senate to enact bipartisan cybersecurity legislation before the end of the 113th Congress. With our adversaries’ cyber-capabilities growing stronger each day, the time to act is now.
Many Americans are anxious about their retirement prospects. In fact, a recent Gallup poll found that not having enough money for retirement is the number one financial worry among Americans. For some, this concern is justified, as they face the daunting prospect of running short of money in their later years.
Thirteen years after 9/11, al-Qaeda has not successfully conducted another attack inside the United States, nor has it conducted any attacks in the West since the bombings on London’s transportation system in 2005.
Significantly increased production of natural gas in the United States has dramatically changed the country’s energy landscape—both lowering domestic natural gas prices and providing substantial economic benefits. At the same time, debate has surrounded the environmental impacts of natural gas as compared with other fossil fuels.
The United States spends more on health care per capita than any other nation in the world, and yet its citizens are not the world’s healthiest. The vast majority of U.S. health care spending—an estimated 84 percent—is associated with chronic diseases and conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
Immigrants play a significant role on both the supply and demand sides of the housing sector, which is a major component of the U.S. economy. On the demand side, immigrants are an increasingly important source of new household formation in the United States, thereby increasing the demand for new housing units.
The recent financial crisis made clear that insufficient attention was paid to sources of systemic risk that can threaten the stability of the financial system and, with it, the real economy. Moreover, the crisis showed that it is critical for government officials to have and be able to use the tools necessary to prevent and mitigate systemic threats.