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house Bill H.R. 6287

$25 Million in Annual Grants to Operate, Maintain, and Secure 9/11 Memorials

Argument in favor

America needs 9/11 memorials to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks and the heroes who responded to them, these grants will ensure those memorials are maintained and operate securely.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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09/10/2018
I strongly support the Funding of 911 Memorials. America needs 9/11 memorials to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks and the heroes who responded to them, these grants will ensure those memorials are maintained and operate securely. SneakyPete ..... 馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎. 12*21*18.....
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Adam's Opinion
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09/11/2018
And also find the volunteers and workers who were abandoned by our government to suffer alone for their selfless sacrifice
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Joe's Opinion
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09/11/2018
We should because we need to honor the people that have past away in this horrible attack.and appreciate the heroes that also helped through this attack.
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Argument opposed

The federal government shouldn鈥檛 be awarding competitive grants for the operation, maintenance, and security of 9/11 memorials. It should be funded through private donations, or not at all.

burrkitty's Opinion
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09/11/2018
And now we are 17 years into a never ending religious war over WMD that didn鈥檛 exits, in a country that wasn鈥檛 at fault, to the tune of 2.4 trillion plus interest and rising. Let private donations pay. We have enough bills from that event for 7 generations.
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C's Opinion
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09/11/2018
Raise private money for this. Public money for things that benefit us as a society like health care and education, reversing climate change and rebuilding our infrastructure.
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Eric's Opinion
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09/11/2018
Only if it shows how wrong America was attacking countries that had nothing to do with it.. only if it shows how wrong America was and is with attacking different cultures.. only if it shows America fighting a needless war for 17+ years.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed December 21st, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 371 Yea / 3 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJune 28th, 2018

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What is House Bill H.R. 6287?

This bill 鈥 the 9/11 Memorial Act 鈥 would authorize $25 million in competitive grants annually for fiscal year 2019-2023 to provide for the operation, security, and maintenance of memorials to the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Such memorials would have to offer free admission to active and retired members of the military, registered first responders to the 9/11 attacks, and family members of victims of the attacks 鈥 in addition to offering free admission hours to the general public at least once per week.

Eligible memorials would have to open their financial statements to annual federal audits, and the Dept. of the Interior (which would administer the grants) would compile annual reports to Congress on the disbursement and use of grant funds.

Impact

Victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and their families, first responders, and past and present members of the military; the general public; and the Dept. of the Interior.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 6287

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) introduced this bill to authorize competitive grants to help secure 9/11 memorials to honor victims and the first responders:

鈥淎s we near the 17th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, we are reminded of our commitment to the survivors, heroes, and 3,000 Americans we lost on September 11th. I was working in New York City when terrorists attacked the Twin Towers and forever changed the world. My experience is shared by many in New Jersey and New York, and countless heartbroken Americans across the country. The nation and world must never forget the bravery and sacrifice we saw that day. The 9/11 memorial provides people visiting from around the world the opportunity to remember those we lost and to see firsthand America鈥檚 resilience and resolve. This legislation is critical to uphold operation and maintenance of the memorial. I urge both House and Senate leadership to bring this bill to a vote so we can honor the victims for generations to come.鈥

This legislation passed the House Natural Resources Committee unanimously and has the support of 44 bipartisan cosponsors evenly divided between the two parties.


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Summary by Eric Revell

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9/11 Memorial Act

Official Title

To provide competitive grants for the operation, security, and maintenance of certain memorials to victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

    I strongly support the Funding of 911 Memorials. America needs 9/11 memorials to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks and the heroes who responded to them, these grants will ensure those memorials are maintained and operate securely. SneakyPete ..... 馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎馃憤馃徎. 12*21*18.....
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    And now we are 17 years into a never ending religious war over WMD that didn鈥檛 exits, in a country that wasn鈥檛 at fault, to the tune of 2.4 trillion plus interest and rising. Let private donations pay. We have enough bills from that event for 7 generations.
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    Raise private money for this. Public money for things that benefit us as a society like health care and education, reversing climate change and rebuilding our infrastructure.
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    Only if it shows how wrong America was attacking countries that had nothing to do with it.. only if it shows how wrong America was and is with attacking different cultures.. only if it shows America fighting a needless war for 17+ years.
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    I feel whole heartedly for the people who lost family on the day 17 years ago. But I鈥檓 pretty sure we can do something else with those funds to honor them... you know... take care of our vets, homelessness, officer training, invest in social workers.... I鈥檓 just saying
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    I believe that 25 million would be better spent on infrastructure and the many other problems people havd. Public schools are in need in every area. Roads and bridges are in unsafe conditions. Mental health is so needed. The list goes on. Yes, remember what happened and every person who died. Private donations work very well.
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    This is unpatriotic. Those grants are coming right out of the pockets of the citizens, the taxpayers. By all means let people advocate for memorials of the victims of that tragedy. Let people solicit support. But it is an insult to the memory of those victims to memorialize them by stealing money from their neighbors in order to do so. Keep it voluntary.
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    Need the money for healthcare, infrastructure, education, Medicare, & a prison for potus
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    We must never forget 9/11. At this point in history, I鈥檇 prefer the funds go to Flint, Michigan and Puerto Rico. Take care of today so we don鈥檛 have another 9/11.
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    Think it鈥檚 great to have these memorials but the groups that built them have been maintaining them with donations and volunteers Why get the feds involved let stay with volunteers
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    And also find the volunteers and workers who were abandoned by our government to suffer alone for their selfless sacrifice
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    We should because we need to honor the people that have past away in this horrible attack.and appreciate the heroes that also helped through this attack.
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    This seems like a great idea, but just this morning I saw the headline linked below*. If the compensation fund prematurely drying out is a valid concern, these funds may be better geared towards continuing to take care of those who lived through the attack and subsequent disaster. *As 9/11 victims continue to come forward, officials and advocates fear Compensation Fund may dry up - Fox Newshttps://apple.news/AzPt7-CNYSxyxQOh0J7lx4A
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    We have to learn to prioritize and stop spending money on things that are not esencial,. Lets fund first education and health, and then if there are leftovers then spend on things like this.
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    No. I don鈥檛 support 25 million dollars being spent on this. I鈥檇 rather this money be used to help people stay warm in their homes this winter, especially the elderly. (I know this is off topic, but why are the needs of our elderly rarely mentioned, ever!) Monuments honoring the victims of 9/11 can be paid for by private donations.
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    This is the second "worst day in infamy" we need to remember those who died and gave so much one that day on American soil, just as we remember Pearl Harbor
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    This has nothing to do with the wars fought in Iraq and Afghanistan after this horrible event, it only applies to the memorials to commemorate this horrible day.
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    The federal government shouldn鈥檛 be awarding competitive grants for the operation, maintenance, and security of 9/11 memorials. It should be funded through private donations, or not at all.
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    We would not be in this situation if it weren鈥檛 for the Bush decisions
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    We鈥檝e got enough 9/11 memorials.
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