Senate approves bill allowing Americans to buy Unity Bonds to aid war against terrorism

Senate approves bill allowing Americans to buy Unity Bonds to aid war against terrorism U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) has announced that his bill to allow Americans to contribute to the war against terrorism and relief for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks by purchasing Unity Bonds (S.1430) was approved as an amendment to Department of Treasury-United States Postal Service Appropriations bill.

"I am very pleased that the Senate has taken quick action on my Unity Bond proposal," Johnson said. "Every place I went during my last trip home, people expressed a strong desire to participate in this effort.

"People donated their blood, they sent relief supplies to the stricken cities, and they said they wanted to show their support by buying Unity Bonds," he continued. "As Americans, we feel many emotions, from anger to sadness, because of the tragedy of the recent terrorist attacks."

The concept of a Unity Bond to help in the effort against terrorism and to rebuild America was suggested in a call from a man to Senator Johnson's office, wanting to know if he could buy the equivalent of the old war bonds that allowed citizens to contribute to the war effort during World War II.

"Based on my constituent's idea on buying bonds for the disaster relief effort, I am introducing legislation that directs the United States Treasury to issue Unity Bonds. Americans who purchase these saving bonds will be contributing to disaster relief to the victims of the attack and to our nation's war against terrorism."

"We will recover from the attacks," Johnson said. "We will rebuild our nation's infrastructure, and we will rebuild our nation's spirit. But it will take a sustained, long-term effort to stamp out terrorism against the United States and all other liberty-loving nations.

"Unity Bonds will allow Americans who want to show their support for this great country.

to participate in a meaningful way," he added.

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