Congressman Tom MacArthur at the home of Sandy and Tom Bellinato. Tuesday May 26 2015 Congressman Tom MacArthur holds a meeting with Bayville residents affected by Hurricane Sandy at the home of Sandy and Tom Bellinato. (The Press of Atlantic City / Ben Fogletto)

A bill by U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-3, to preserve the September 11, 2001 memorial at the World Trade Center in New York City passed the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday night, MacArthur’s office announced.

The bill, called the “National 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center Act,” will designate the 9/11 outdoor Memorial Plaza as a national memorial and authorize a grant to help secure the site and honor the victims of September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, a news release from MacArthur's office said. 

This is the MacArthur’s first stand-alone bill to pass the House.

The bill had 83 co-sponsors and was endorsed by NYPD Sergeants Benevolent Association, National Association of Police Organizations, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, among others.

“A federal recognition of this kind will solidify the memorial’s standing and recognize the endurance of the survivors, the bravery of those that risked their lives to save others, and the power of our free nation to overcome evil with good,” MacArthur said in a statement.

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