Murkowski Bill to Benefit National Law Enforcement Museum Passes Senate
WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today announced that the Senate has passed legislation she introduced to extend the deadline by three years for construction of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C.Passed by Congress in 2000, the National Law Enforcement Museum Act granted land for construction of a new National Law Enforcement Museum. The legislation required the museum to be financed with private contributions and that construction commence before November 9, 2010. Passage of Murkowski’s legislation gives the museum until November 9, 2013 to begin construction. Murkowski, who introduced her legislation in 2009, cited the challenge of raising funds during a global economic downturn as the primary reason for the timeline extension. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund recently announced that it plans to break ground on the museum on October 14, 2010. “I am pleased that the Senate has passed this needed legislation and that the memorial fund is moving towards an October ground-breaking. Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities,” Murkowski said. The museum is to be built on land across from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in downtown Washington.