A State Senate committee in Arizona has advanced a bill that calls for the removal of inscription panels from a Sept. 11 memorial.
The legislation, if approved, would eliminate 11 inscriptions from a steel visor that partially circles the memorial located near Arizona's State Capitol, according to The Associated Press. Among the messages in question are panels that read "foreign-born Americans afraid," "Must bomb back" and "you don't win battles of terrorism with more battles."
On March 29, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted 8-4 to send the measure to the full Senate. The panel voted along party lines as Republicans supported the bill.
"This is a memorial. This is like a gravestone. It shouldn't have controversy," said State Representative John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills), quoted by the news source. "It divides us and it needs to be put to an end."
The memorial was dedicated in 2006, on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. In 2008, the House passed legislation to remove all of the inscriptions and replace them with a timeline of events that occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. It failed in the Senate.
According to the Yuma Sun, State Senator Al Melvin (R-Tucson), said that controversial inscriptions take away from the purpose of the memorial, adding that it should contain only "patriotic, pro-American words."