"Due to the Circumstances of Today": The U.S. House of Representatives Remembers September 11, 2001
To commemorate the events of September 11, 2001, the Office of the House Historian conducted a series of interviews with former Representatives, House officials, and employees. These interviews 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.