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NYC Lawmakers: Bin Laden Bounty For 9/11 Victims

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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.

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