Senate formally commends bin Laden operation 

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution honoring the military and intelligence officials involved in the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

Senators voted from their seats, which is somewhat unusual, and the resolution passed 97-0 with three lawmakers absent.

"We have all come to the floor in a way we rarely do," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said on the Senate floor. "We have come here this afternoon to express with one voice our endless respect and admiration for the men and women of our military and intelligence organizations.

"Resolution is an appropriate name for this legislation," Reid said. "It honors the resolution to a problem that has lingered for nearly a decade - one whose weight has grown heavier each day on the shoulders of the families Osama bin Laden traumatized and the many more he terrorized. It honors the resolve with which our bravest stared down danger."

In addition to honoring those involved, the resolution “commends the president for ordering the successful operations to locate and eliminate Osama bin Laden” and "reaffirms its commitment to disrupting, dismantling and defeating al Qaeda and affiliated organizations around the world that threaten United States' national security, eliminating a safe haven for terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and bringing terrorists to justice."



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