Evoking Pearl Harbor, Inouye Urges Support for 9/11 Memorial

Adrienne LaFrance/Civil Beat

WASHINGTON — Sen. Daniel Inouye delivered testimony before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Wednesday, drawing parallels to the attack on Pearl Harbor as he made a case for federally funding a new 9/11 memorial in Manhattan.

Just before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks last month, Inouye introduced legislation that would guarantee $20 million per year for the operation and maintenance of the September 11 Memorial and Museum at Ground Zero. The nonprofit that runs the memorial would have to obtain matching funds to secure federal monies.

The senator has experience establishing such a memorial. He recalled his role in securing money for the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial during his time in the U.S. House of representatives.

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