Cory Booker and Bob Menéndez Team Up to Fund 9/11 Memorials Support
New Jersey Democratic Senators Bob Menéndez and Cory Booker want to create a federal grant program to help support the memorials dedicated to commemorating the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. Together with their NY counterparts, Democratic Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, the lawmakers introduced the September 11th National Memorials Act to create a funding stream to support the security, maintenance, and successful operations of The World Trade Center site, the United 93 Memorial, and the Pentagon Memorial. The bill would authorize up to $25 million in annual funding to ensure the security, maintenance, and successful operations and educational programs at the memorials; support free admission for active and retired members of the military and 9/11 first responders, as well as family members of victims of the attacks of 9/11; and require grant recipients to provide to the Department of Interior and the public comprehensive financial disclosure information. “As we remember those who perished on that dreadful day, we must back up our pledge to never forget with real action in support of the memorials erected in their honor,” said Menéndez. “I’m proud to join Senator Booker to introduce legislation that will help keep our 9/11 memorials running smoothly and securely for every American who wishes to honor the memories of the mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors we lost that day.” Booker added, “These memorial sites are the sacred ground where Americans come to remember, reflect, and pay their respects. We must never forget the horror of that terrible day, the lives that were lost, and the people whose lives were forever changed. That’s why it’s incumbent on us to keep these sites secure and accessible to all Americans for generations to come.” More here.