Pols Call for Bin Laden Bounty to Help 9/11 Families

By Tom Liddy on May 8, 2011 4:22pm 

Rep. Anthony Weiner is calling for Congress to give the reward money for the capture of Osama bin Laden to organizations that help 9/11 families.
Rep. Anthony Weiner is calling for Congress to give the reward money for the capture of Osama bin Laden to organizations that help 9/11 families.
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By Tom Liddy

DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN - Congressmen Anthony Weiner and Jerrold Nadler are calling for the massive bounty that was on Osama bin Laden's head to be distributed to organizations that help 9/11 families.

"If we don't make this change with Congressman Nadler's and my legisiation, essentially the money will sit in a bank account," Weiner told reporters Sunday at Ground Zero, according to NY1.

"I think that there are many, many members of Congress, and I think overhwelming support for the idea of lending support to the many organizations that exist here in New York and elsewhere that are serving the needs of the survivor families."

The reward for the terror leader's capture was $27 million, as authorized by Congress. But under an amendment, the secretary of state could bump that up to $50 million.

Bin Laden was killed in a raid by American forces last weekend.

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