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NC Republican blocking Flight 93 Memorial

Of all the absurd bulls**t that's ever come out of DC, this one takes the cake.

Rep. Charles H. Taylor (R-NC)  Chairman of the House Interior Appropriations committee, is blocking the request to purchase the land surrounding the Shanksville, PA site where Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11th, for creation of a permanent memorial.

From the Washington Post:

[…] But for three years, that field has made do with a makeshift monument while one member of Congress, Rep. Charles H. Taylor (R-N.C.) has blocked a $10 million request to buy the land for a permanent memorial to the 40 passengers and crew members who overpowered hijackers bent on crashing their jet into the Capitol or the White House.


For Taylor, a large landowner in the mountains of western Carolina, the issue comes down to principle: The federal government is already the largest landowner in the country, and he believes that no additional tax dollars should go to more land buying for this or any other memorial. Beyond that, the families have committed to raising half the $60 million needed to build the memorial but so far have raised $7.5 million. Taylor is concerned that the federal government will be left holding the bag.


Taylor infuriated some Flight 93 family members by suggesting a more fitting tribute would be a scholarship fund.

Contact your Representatives here.

For those living in PA, I suggest contacting Governor Rendell to see what the Commonwealth can do if Rep. Taylor continues blocking the purchase of the land in Shanksville.

To Contact Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell:

Email: Click here

Write to: Governor Edward G. Rendell
              225 Main Capitol Building
              Harrisburg PA 17120
Call: (717) 787-2500



April 25, 2006 - Posted by | Congress, Flight 93, Government, Pennsylvania

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