Washington – Two Democratic lawmakers representing New York City say the $50 million reward offered for the now-dead Osama bin Laden should go to groups that aid people hurt or killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
"If the bounty isn't paid, Osama bin Laden's victims should get it," Weiner said.
"I can think of no better recipient than those organizations which have committed themselves to helping first responders, their families and survivors whose lives have been forever affected by Bin Laden's actions," he said.
The State Department initially offered up to $25 million for information leading to the capture of the al Qaeda leader, but Congress subsequently authorized the payment of as much as twice that amount.
Given the large number of government agencies and individuals whose contributions helped enable the successful May 1 raid on Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will probably decide against designating a recipient, State Department sources told Efe.
Some of those who provided leads on Bin Laden's whereabouts are terror suspects in U.S. custody, the sources pointed out.
"I urge the State Department to distribute the reward money to established organizations and institutions which provide services and programs to the 9/11 community," Nadler said.
The two New York lawmakers said they will await the State Department's determination on the reward before deciding if and when to submit a bill in Congress.
Families of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks on New York and Washington have already shared roughly $2.1 billion in government compensation, while survivors received a total of $8.6 billion.