House reacts to bin Laden death 

House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon: “While we celebrate a major victory in one battle against evil, we should recognize that the larger war against terrorism continues. Al Qaeda affiliates in Yemen, Africa and Asia remain dedicated to killing Americans and our allies. We know that even as they mourn the loss of their inspirational leader, they will not waver in their determination to attack us and our way of life. As we rejoice, we must remain vigilant, and continue to support our brave men and women in uniform, as well as our courageous intelligence officers, around the world who serve on the front lines against this determined enemy.”

House Armed Services Ranking Member Adam Smith: “Osama bin Laden orchestrated a devastating attack on our nation nearly 10 years ago designed to destroy our way of life. Since that day, he has continued to call for the death of innocent Americans and those who disagree with his distorted, violent ideology. His death is a victory for all those who champion freedom around the world and sends a resounding message to violent extremists who seek to do our country harm. I applaud the hard work of our men and women in the armed services and intelligence community, the President and all the individuals who have worked tirelessly to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice.”

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: “The death of Osama bin Laden strikes a significant blow to those violent extremists who seek to do our nation harm. But our struggle against the enemies of freedom continues.”

House Foreign Affairs Ranking Member Howard Berman: “Osama Bin Laden was an enemy of the United States and the free world, and his death represents a great success in the long fight against terror. Tonight we owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the brave men and women of our armed forces and our entire intelligence community. Still, the fight against extremism must continue. We now face diffuse, decentralized threats around the world, and we must intensify our efforts if we are to make certain the extremism Bin Laden represented is ultimately defeated.”

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers: This is a day we have all been waiting for, for far too long. The brave men and women of our military and intelligence agencies have shown the world once again the reach and determination of American Power. We have brought to justice a terrorist with the blood of thousands of Americans on his hands, and brought justice to the families of his victims. This closes a key chapter in the war on terror – it’s hard to imagine an end to Al Qaida without the death of Bin Laden. While we can all certainly celebrate this important victory, the fight will go on. We will not stop until Al Qaida has been eliminated.”

House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger: “Osama Bin Laden was a terrorist leader who was responsible for killing thousands of innocent Americans – Moms, Dads, brothers, sisters, friends and loved ones. 9-11 changed America forever. Today, the United States took extraordinary steps and killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. This is a great day for America. Bin Laden was a threat to the United States and a threat to the world. Bin Laden had the blood of thousands of people on his hands. Justice has now been done. The military and intelligence professionals who risk their lives every day to track terrorists like Bin Laden deserve our praise. They have been working tirelessly for a long time tracking this ruthless terrorist, never taking their eye off the ball. A grateful nation says ‘thank you.’”

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