"Due to the Circumstances of Today": The U.S. House of Representatives Remembers September 11, 2001
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the Office of the House Historian conducted a series of interviews with former Representatives, House officials, and employees. These interviews, ranging from Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert to House Pages, provide a comprehensive account of the events and emotions in the U.S. House of Representatives that day. They also reveal how the institution addressed the national challenge in the weeks and months following the attack. “Due to the Circumstances of Today”—the quotation used in the title of this project—was the language drafted by House officials for the Congressional Record to explain the emergency recess on the morning of September 11, 2001.
- View a graphic timeline (PDF) detailing the major incidents on 9/11, with both a national scope and a congressional focus.
- Individuals who worked for the House on 9/11 are encouraged to share their memories (PDF).
Introduction to the September 11, 2001, Commemorative Project
September 11, 2001: A Narrative
During one terrifying morning in early September 2001, Capitol Hill watched as terrorists attacked New York City and Arlington, Virginia. That day many people wondered if the U.S. Congress was next. Watch as Members, Officers, and staff at the U.S. House of Representatives give a detailed account of September 11, 2001. The narrative includes memories of the House’s emergency recess, the evacuation of the U.S. Capitol, the secure location provided for House and Senate leaders, and the Members’ press conference on the Capitol steps that evening.