NYC Lawmakers: Bin Laden Bounty For 9/11 Victims

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) — Two congressmen from New York City say that up to $50 million in Osama bin Laden bounty money should go to first responders, survivors and families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

LISTEN: Rep. Anthony Wiener spoke to WCBS 880 about the bounty

U.S. Reps. Anthony Weiner and Jerrold Nadler said Sunday that the funds should be redirected to organizations that assist first responders, families and survivors affected by the 2001 terror attacks.

The Rewards for Justice Program established a bounty of $25 million in 2001 to help bring bin Laden to justice. In 2004, Congress passed legislation providing the secretary of state up to $50 million to award for information leading to the capture of bin Laden.

Bin Laden was killed last week. It’s unclear whether anyone is eligible for the bounty.

The State Department didn’t immediately comment.

What should be done with the bounty? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. rolling says:

    The money should be used to lock up socialist hypocritical sexual predators.

  2. Chris says:

    Let the weenie go against king again so he chew weenie up again weenie the liberal vote buying liberal

  3. Bell Toller says:

    Anthony WIener needs to stop

  4. Jon Weiss says:

    Looks like Weiner is just trying to use our tax money to buy votes for his re-election.

  5. Jon Weiss says:

    The money should go to the SEALs who caught him and if some idiotic rule says that they cannot have it due to their status as government actors then the money should go back intot he government coffers for debt reduction.

  6. John says:

    Do these guys ever get tired of begging for more handouts? Haven’t they cashed in enough already?

    Oh, that’s right, they’re union. No amount is ever enough.

  7. Mike says:

    It should be given to the Nacy Seals Foundation. They have lost many lives in the pursuit of justice for America. Lt Murphy and his team along with his rescuers lost their lives looking OBL along with plenty of other SEALs.

  8. Chris says:

    These people have been paid enuff money and benefits already give money to soldiers or tornado victims these people are not the only
    Ones that
    Lost love ones or what about all the soldiers that lost their lives since 9/11 helloooooo

    1. JOE says:

      I AGREE.

  9. jpedITOR says:

    Use it for debt relief, or give it to the recent flood and tornado victims.

    AND I AM FROM NYC and ASHAMED OF WEINER.

    1. JOE says:

      YOU SAID IT THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE THAT COULD USE THE CASH.

  10. Jane Taxpayer says:

    Should this money not be applied to our current federal and or state financial obligations? It seems irresponsible to maintain this spending mentality and demonstrates to many of us that our representatives continue to be oblivious to the need for fiscal responsibility. I am certian that our intelligence costs incurred to find Osama were far in excess of the $50 million reward money. This money should be applied to our existing obligations rather than finding an expense that was not part of the budget. Please start paying attention to our need to get our fiscal house in order.

    1. courtney says:

      Nicely put Jane! In my opinion they should never have been paid to begin with, people die EVERY SINGLE DAY and their families are not given a million dollars. The Gov’t had reasons for paying these people off that we will never truly know about they just wanted to make them happy so they didn’t point any fingers. Apparently the best cure for grief is money.

  11. DRUID says:

    The families have been paid..that idea is a wrap. How about we give the money as already suggested to the men and women who have returned without limbs and othe trauma…hows about we make sure they are taken care of for the job they have done and paid enourmously for. Can we give some to the younger families of veterans who have lost a husband anf father mebbe? The greed is sick in this country. The SEALS got Bin Laden. So if the military won, the military, and I dont mean their weapons, strategists, politicains, etc…but those who serve should reap the rewards since we cant seem to give it to them by any other means.

    1. JOE says:

      YES HELP THE MEN WHO LOST LIMBS ETC.

  12. John says:

    No duh! Pay off a bit of the national debt! What better way to honor the fallen than to keep their country solvent?

  13. bill burns says:

    As long as the money goes to good, hard-working white people, I’m all for it.

  14. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX says:

    What should be done with the bounty?
    Give it to the soldiers that lost arms and legs in the wars after 911,,I am sick of these First responders and family’s cashing in on there dead.
    ENOUGH ALREADY

  15. soupy says:

    Give some to all the seniors that have not seen cost of living for 2 years. The miliary (there is always want-a-bes that want to take the USA down.) The rest to national debt.

  16. karen s says:

    what say we split it in thirds. 1/3 to the first responders, 1/3 to victims’ families, and 1/3 to our military some of those wounded come home, initially receive treatment at some of the best military hospitals, but then go home to areas that really are medically underserved in terms of the special home services.

  17. Trishe says:

    I think that the money is already spoken for…by the person that gave Binladen away. Regarding the families, I am sorry but the 9/11 families became millionares through their loss. Enough withe the compensation already!!

  18. Kurt Jackson says:

    Hey, what would be wrong with just applying it to the debt we all incurred. So many forget who paid for this, how about we the people. A little debt reduction is better than nothing at all.

  19. GENE S says:

    ANOTHER REMEDY FOR THE $50 MILLION IS GIVE IT TO THE NAVY SEALS TRAINING CENTERS SO THERE BUDGETS ARE NOT CUT

  20. GENE S says:

    LEAVE THE MONEY WHERE IT IS AT USE IT TO CAPTURE THE REST OF THESE NUMBSKULLS AND WHEN THEY GET THEM ALL PUT WHATS LEFT OF THE MONEY RIGHT BACK INTO THE NATIONAL DEBT THE DEMOCRATS MADE FOR US ALL TO PAY

  21. deborah sweet says:

    That $50 million bounty was decided by legislators and since the government found and killed him, using taxpayers money, the bounty is really irrelevant. If someone HAS to receive a monetary figure for this event, then i vote it goes to the people who feel the most loss from Osama….the families of those who died and the people who became ill cleaning up the site….the first responders. divide it equally or establish a trust they can all draw on, as needed, for themselves to heal and move on with their lives.

  22. Kurt Jackson says:

    Hey, what would be wrong with just applying it to the debt we all incurred. So many for get who paid for this, how about we the people. A little debt reduction is better than nothing at all.

  23. Killer says:

    When it comes to what to do with the bounty the question should be how much future credibility is worth. For most jihadists a monetary reward is not something to be taken seriously, but there may be a few fringe players in camp in which the Kool-Aid hasn’t taken full effect and could be tempted to turn if they believe the reward is credible. If the pattern every time there is this massive manhunt to put up a reward, then find a reason to renege afterwards then that’s obviously not going to go unnoticed. My thought is someone needs to collect on this even if they don’t entirely deserve it. An example must be made that good things await those who cooperate; not that that the US bails once they get what they want.

  24. eugene aberer says:

    Why is it when ever a Democrat finds out there is some money not spent they think that they have to spend it. We do not have the money for this. These Democrats should focus on improving the national debit and out of control spending.

  25. John says:

    “organizations that assist first responders” and all other organizations for 9-11 have become rich…The service members have recieved their normal pay (I know, with “combat / hazardous duty” pay…Put the money where it belongs, in the defense budget!

  26. Eric says:

    Umm..Can we give it to the Navy Seals team that performed the mission??

  27. Robert C says:

    I think the money should be used for the families of the military personal that were killed in the lline of service in both of our current wars plus to the injured military personal for rehabilitation.

  28. webster72n says:

    As previously mentioned, the survivors of 911 have been generously compensated and it would be fair to funnel the reward money of 50 mills
    into the funds of Medicare and Social Security, which have been looted
    by our own government.

    1. FRANK BLASKIS says:

      LOOTED IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT ! THEY DON,T K NOW THE MEANING OF A BUDGET IN CONGRESS . ” BOTH PARTIES ” .

  29. Dave says:

    The money should be used to pay down the national debt so every American get’s a tiny little piece of it.

    1. SuperDave says:

      I couldn’t say it any better…

  30. Subes says:

    Sorry, but the 9/11 families were sufficientlly compensated. I remember reading a story about some widows who blew all the money on partying/whoring. I too think it should be put in a military fund for the families of fallen soldiers. They got basically very little.

  31. Duke says:

    If anyone should get the money it is the families of soldiers who died while tirelessly looking for Osama. They died fully knowing that they were not eligible to receive the bounty but went out and did their duty anyway.

  32. Neel Patel says:

    One victims family has 2 million dollars in their accounts through the Sept 11 funds that is on top of the money withdrawn in the last 10 years. They have been satisfactorily economically compensated, emotional harm cannot be compensated through economic gains.

  33. BC says:

    Enough is enough. I’m sorry for their loss and grateful for the bravery of the first responders who perished, but their widows and families became overnight millionaires as a result of the settlements, insurance payouts, etc. They don’t need any more money. Just because we allocated $50M, doesn’t mean we NEED to spend it.

  34. mm says:

    No bounty is owed to any one individual since the Navy seals, the us armed forces, killed and captured Bin Laden. The first responders, familiess and survivors are
    being compensated already and it appears that they will never be satisfied.
    Greed is not a virtue. While I do have sympathy for them, enough is enough ! That reward money has to come from our government and we are in no shape to hand out 50 million dollars in unearned rewards.

  35. ginger says:

    Duckie is right, they have been well compensated, the money should be put back in the budget to help all americans, times are hard enough for everyone

  36. Paul Kohloff says:

    they got reimbursed ,it can’t bring back their love ones or their health,but enough is enough.

  37. Duckie says:

    I know that the victims have suffered but haven’t they been compensated at a rate that is unprecedented in US history? This $50 million isn’t sitting in the bank somewhere, it’s taxpayers money.

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