Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Elise Stefanik joined her colleagues in introducing a bill to support the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th and the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania,
“September 11, 2001 is forever etched into the minds of everyone who witnessed the tragedy of that day, and now we must teach its history to the next generation,” Stefanik said. “We must preserve the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, so future generations – in New York and beyond – will know the bravery of our first responders, the tragedy of the lives lost, the sacrifices of our servicemembers, and the patriotic resiliency shown by the American people. America must never forget.”
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum was established to commemorate the events and honor the victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, in New York City.
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum Act would provide the nonprofit organization funding to ensure that the grounds and facilities can remain open safely and allow space for visitors to remember and honor the lives touched by that fateful day. Specifically, this bill requires the Secretary of the Department Homeland Security to provide a one-time grant to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum for the operation, security, and maintenance of its facilities and grounds in New York City.
New York City, specifically the One World Trade building, remains a top target for terrorists, which further emphasizes the importance of security funding for one of our nation’s most solemn memorials.
Stefanik joined Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member John Katko (R-NY), Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS), and Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) in introducing this legislation, which has 38 additional bipartisan cosponsors.
Read the full bill text here.