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9/11 group affirms Coburn's call for fiscal responsibility

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:52 pm    Post subject: 9/11 group affirms Coburn's call for fiscal responsibility
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Press Release: contact:

Chief Jim Riches - 917-692-1199

Jim Mc Caffrey - 914-482-0284

Sally Regenhard - 646-266-1987

February 3, 2012

9/11 Parents & Families of Firefighters and WTC Victims affirm urgent concerns raised by Sen. Tom Coburn re: 9/11 Memorial funding bill

& calls for National Parks Service to run 9/11 Memorial and Museum at GZ

Shortly after the tenth anniversary of 9/11 , bills were introduced into the US Senate and House of Representatives to provide an annual $20 million payout to the private foundation representing the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. The bills currently allow for the Department of the Interior (through the National Park Service) to accept a “gift” of the property of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in return for the $20m annual stipend, which would continue for an unlimited period of time into future decades. In addition, the existing foundation (with it's incredibly highly paid staff & golden parachute policy) would continue to run the memorial and museum, with no strings attached,. The result - a complete lack of oversight which has prompted Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn to speak out against fiscal irresponsibility in this 9/11MM bill.

Many 9/11 families are opposed to the current version of this bill – they do not feel the federal government should pay for an enormously expensive memorial and museum in which the federal government – as well as the families of the victims - had virtually no role in the nearly $1 billion design and planning. Taking ownership of the memorial & museum and annually funding a large portion of its operating costs – with no controls whatsoever - will be a permanent albatross around the neck of the American taxpayer unless the highly respected and experienced stewardship of the National Parks Service is mandated.

We oppose any bailout, handout, or gift - without fiscal responsibility. Therefore, we ask Congress and the Senate to consider amending this bill so that the National Park Service can assume complete stewardship and operation of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum – as they do for the outstanding Pearl Harbor Memorial and numerous other national memorials across this country. In the aftermath of 9/11, the Shanksville memorial is run by the National Park Service while the Pentagon memorial is operated by the Department of Defense. The New York City WTC Memorial is the only one of the three 9/11 sites run by a private foundation that has a $60m per year operating cost, and will charge a $25 admission fee to enter its museum. .

If the 9/11 Memorial is intended to be a “National Memorial” which deserves federal funding, then it is obligated to operate with fiscal responsibility and honor. It should be given the respect, patriotism, budgetary responsibility and time-honored stewardship of the National Park Service. The lives and deaths of nearly 3,000 people, and the American public who honors them, deserve nothing less.

Chief Jim Riches, FDNY (ret.) Chairman

9/11 Parents& Families of Firefighters and WTC Victims


Oklahoma's Coburn questions more funding for 9/11 museum

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