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house Bill H.R. 3036

Should the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center be Designated a National Memorial?

Argument in favor

The 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center enables millions of people each year to pay their respects to the victims of the September 11 attacks, and deserves to be considered a national memorial.

BTSundra's Opinion
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02/07/2016
Of course it should be a national memorial, thousands gave their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and it should be treated as such.
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Steven's Opinion
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02/10/2016
Yes, why wasn't this part of the initial plan when reconstruction started? Why is this being handled piecemeal? It's almost as though congress makes it up as they go along.
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Aidan-WC's Opinion
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06/26/2016
The 911 memorial should simply be designated as a national memorial. Its impact and influence that it left on the american people after its actions were extremely devastating. Citizens scattered across the nation must comprehend how significant this day was and how our brave authorities and fire personal took their lives to save another's. It would be more than appropriate for this devastation to be symbolized as a national emotional times period. It was a national wake up call for our nation to retain that we are at war with RADICAL ISLAM!!
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Argument opposed

It is unnecessary to designate the 9/11 Memorial as a national memorial on par with the memorials dedicated to past presidents, wars, or other notable individuals and events from American history.

Ben's Opinion
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02/09/2016
This is nothing more than a pork payoff to the company that will operate it. How does it cost $25 million to operate an already existing monument?
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operaman's Opinion
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02/09/2016
Yes. 9/11 should be a Memorial to the dead who were there for work or business, and also for the brave citizens who sacrificed so others could live. However, let this Memorial also be for the dumb ass government official and leaders who failed their duty to protect. Those bigwigs took a oath to serve the citizens and protect them from foreign enemies who wish the US harm. The evil Islamic terrorists who participated in this terrible plan left bread crumbs as large as loaves. Even Hansel and Gretel could follow loaves of bread. And yet, even today our government spends $Billions setting up regulations and laws determining procedures for law enforcement. This has lead to object failure. Sanctuary cities, mass killings of citizens using guns, massive gang activities, vehicular homicide, and general thief of taxpayers money through stolen Social Security benefits and public services. We wanted a wall to keep out undesirables, but all we taxpayers got the government was the finger. We're headed towards a lawless land ran by mini-armies and city dictatorship greater than the pull of gravity. Doom is our near future, but our leaders are too busy attending rich cocktail parties to notice.
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Stephen's Opinion
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02/08/2016
There is already a 9/11 memorial, and $175 millions seems pretty steep just to have the federal gov't bestow a name.
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What is House Bill H.R. 3036?

This bill would officially designate the National September 11 Memorial located at the World Trade Center in New York City, New York as a national memorial. While it would not be a part of the National Park Service, the memorial would be maintained and operated by a private corporation founded for that explicit purpose.

The Dept. of the Interior (DOI) may award a grant of up to $25 million each fiscal year to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation, Inc. for the operation and maintenance of the memorial.

Impact

Visitors to the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center; the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation, Inc.;and the Dept. of the Interior.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3036

$175.00 Million
The CBO estimates that implementing this bill would cost $80 million over the 2017-2021 period and $95 million after 2021, for a total of $175 million.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ) introduced this legislation to recognize the 9/11 Memorial at the World Center as a federal memorial, as it allows Americans and people from around the world to honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001:

“The hearts of Americans around the country break for the spouses, parents, siblings, and children who lost a loved one on September 11, 2001. 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.”


Of Note: Currently there are 30 national memorials that are administered by the National Park Service (NPS), and another five that are administered by other groups but are affiliated with the NPS.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user DMZ111)

AKA

9/11 Memorial Act

Official Title

To designate the National September 11 Memorial located at the World Trade Center site in New York City, New York, as a national memorial, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      National Parks Subcommittee
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed February 9th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 387 Yea / 12 Nay
      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedJuly 13th, 2015

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    Of course it should be a national memorial, thousands gave their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and it should be treated as such.
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    This is nothing more than a pork payoff to the company that will operate it. How does it cost $25 million to operate an already existing monument?
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    Yes. We should absolutely do this.
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    How is it not, already?
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    Yes, why wasn't this part of the initial plan when reconstruction started? Why is this being handled piecemeal? It's almost as though congress makes it up as they go along.
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    Yes. 9/11 should be a Memorial to the dead who were there for work or business, and also for the brave citizens who sacrificed so others could live. However, let this Memorial also be for the dumb ass government official and leaders who failed their duty to protect. Those bigwigs took a oath to serve the citizens and protect them from foreign enemies who wish the US harm. The evil Islamic terrorists who participated in this terrible plan left bread crumbs as large as loaves. Even Hansel and Gretel could follow loaves of bread. And yet, even today our government spends $Billions setting up regulations and laws determining procedures for law enforcement. This has lead to object failure. Sanctuary cities, mass killings of citizens using guns, massive gang activities, vehicular homicide, and general thief of taxpayers money through stolen Social Security benefits and public services. We wanted a wall to keep out undesirables, but all we taxpayers got the government was the finger. We're headed towards a lawless land ran by mini-armies and city dictatorship greater than the pull of gravity. Doom is our near future, but our leaders are too busy attending rich cocktail parties to notice.
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    There is already a 9/11 memorial, and $175 millions seems pretty steep just to have the federal gov't bestow a name.
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    The 911 memorial should simply be designated as a national memorial. Its impact and influence that it left on the american people after its actions were extremely devastating. Citizens scattered across the nation must comprehend how significant this day was and how our brave authorities and fire personal took their lives to save another's. It would be more than appropriate for this devastation to be symbolized as a national emotional times period. It was a national wake up call for our nation to retain that we are at war with RADICAL ISLAM!!
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    This is a trick bill. Obviously I care about honoring the lives lost on 9/11. I don't care about filling the pockets of the 1% with money because of it.
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    It needs to be maintained with federal funds not private. I will not support it for this reason. Enough money in private hands. Instead use the opportunity to employ people who need jobs and create labor positions on different levels. Its a no brainer.
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    This should be a National Memorial. Pearl Harbor is a National Memorial, and this is the 21st century version of Pearl Harbor.
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    9/11 was a national tragedy, one that bears strong and heavy lessons and a rallying cry to stand up together as Americans. It's the only gift one can take from such a tragedy and it's one our country needs so sorely: unity. So of course, this signal of coming together and honoring our citizens who didn't get to live as long as they should, should be a national monument.
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    Like why not tho
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    More research needed. How did Shanksville memorial get funded and also Oklahoma city bombing memorial? They all are related to terrorist attacks. By the way the memorial in Oklahoma City simply outstanding and well worth the visit.
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    I do not feel that this should be privatised. This shouldn't be a profit opportunity.
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    This bill is absolutely pointless. The sight is already a national memorial and already receives funding. Why does a private company need to take over?
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    September 11, 2001 was one of the worst days in the history of our country. So many lives were given for others, and proof was given of America's true heroes. Because of the sacrifices they made, we are entitled to honor their life in celebration and remembrance. One of those ways is in the form of memorial. As a tribute made to the country as these heroes did, it is absolutely implied that our nation celebrates them through the nation. We do this annually, but to celebrate these people's lives on 9/11 and not make a memorial officially national would be incorrect and not right. God Bless America🇺🇸
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    I feel as though I agree with most of the other people voting "yea" on this. This most definitely should have been given the status of National Monument along with legislation to build it, not after years of it having being completed.
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    9/11 wasn't an attack just on NY. It was an attack on the whole United States! It had a profound impact on everyone, which is still being felt to this day! I think it would be perfectly appropriate for the memorial to be designated as a national memorial. And like Countable member Bfallen07 said, we need to get tough and thoroughly punish everyone responsible for the planning, financing, and execution of that attack. AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MUST RELEASE THE 28 PAGES OF THE 9/11 REPORT THAT WERE WITHHELD FROM THE PUBLIC!
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    This is an instance in United State's history, which must never be forgotten. An overwhelming "Yea" vote to nationally memorialize this tragedy shouldn't even be questioned. History, policy, and millions of lives have forever been changed by the September 11th attacks. I am 100% in favor of national memorialization.
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