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Congressmen sponsor legislation to make 9/11 a national holiday

The proposed name for memorializing those lost in the terror attacks would be “Patriot Day.”

The World Trade Center towers up in smoke on Sept. 11, 2001. Credit: Michael Foran via Wikimedia Commons.
The World Trade Center towers up in smoke on Sept. 11, 2001. Credit: Michael Foran via Wikimedia Commons.

Two congressmen put forward a bipartisan bill proposing a new annual holiday on Sept. 11.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) have introduced the Patriot Day Act.

“By formally recognizing 9/11 as Patriot Day, we will make sure that we always honor the memory of those who lost their lives that day—and never give up our fight against terror,” Gottheimer said.

“I am proud to lead bipartisan legislation to recognize those who lost their lives on that day. We must never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice,” Fitzpatrick said.

Representatives have introduced bills in previous years to make 9/11 a national holiday. The primary deterrent towards getting such a law passed is that the price to taxpayers of a new federal holiday is approximately $818 million.

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