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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur Legislation to Preserve the 9/11 Memorial Passes Out of Committee

February 3, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Tom MacArthur today announced that his legislation to protect and preserve the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center in New York has passed out of the Natural Resources Committee.

The National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act will designate the 9/11 outdoor Memorial Plaza as a National Memorial and authorize a competitive grant to help secure the memorial site and honor the victims of September 11th and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

“I was working in New York City when terrorists tore a hole in the skyline and nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives,” said Tom MacArthur. “We can never forget the tragic events of that day, which have changed our lives forever, and I want to ensure that this memorial site will be here for years to come giving millions of people around the world the chance to honor the lives that were lost that day. A federal recognition of this kind will solidify the memorial’s standing and recognize the endurance of the survivors, the bravery of those that risked their lives to save others, and the power of our free nation to overcome evil with good.”

The National 9/11 September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act (H.R. 3036) has 73 co-sponsors in the House, with endorsements from Senior Chief Petty Officer Robert O’Neill (Seal Team 6 Member who killed Bin Laden), NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association, National Association of Police Organizations, Fraternal Order of Police, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, The 9/11 Memorial Foundation, Pentagon Memorial Fund. This legislation has also received support from the following 9/11 family and support groups: Tuesday’s Children, 9/11 Tribute Center, Voices of September 11th, NY Says Thank You, Heart 9/11, Sept 11th Education Trust, Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, Project Rebirth, 9/11 Day Of Service.

Additional support:

“The National September 11 Memorial is this country’s tribute of enduring honor to all who perished in the terror attacks and the brave men and women who responded that day. It will forever remind our nation of how Americans, with resilience and commitment, rebuilt what hatred destroyed. The National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act would bring the support this nationally significant Memorial deserves. I want to commend and thank Representatives Tom MacArthur, Jerrold Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Peter King, and Ken Calvert for introducing this legislation and for recognizing that the federal government, as well as private support, is needed to help protect the future of this sacred Memorial. The 9/11 Memorial has welcomed more than 20 million visitors over the past four years, including people from every state in the U.S. and over 150 countries. This includes members of the United States armed forces, as well as heads of state and so many others from around the world, who have come here to pay their respects at what should be officially recognized by this country as a national memorial of the United States.” - 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels

"To me The National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center is the most symbolic reason as to why I spent 12 years of my life at war for our County and it should be preserved at all costs.  As evidence of this, I have dedicated my ‘mission’ uniform shirt to the museum to help preserve the historic significance of that important day in our Nation’s history."- Senior Chief Petty Officer Robert O’Neill (Seal Team 6 Member who killed Bin Laden)