Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats held a press availability today in the Capitol to discuss the death of Osama bin Laden, which marks the most significant development in our fight against al-Qaeda. Below are the Leader's remarks.
"Good afternoon. I am proud to be here with the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives to say: "Hail to the Chief.' Congratulations to President Obama for his leadership, for his determination, for his commitment of resources, for his making a priority the capture, the apprehension of Osama bin Laden.
"I congratulate our former colleague, the Director if the CIA, Leon Panetta, who was tasked to achieve this and special ops and all of the military who played such a great role, with such precision that not one American life was lost.
"I hope it is some comfort to the families of 9/11 that this has taken place. It is an historic event. We can never make them whole, but, again, I hope it is some comfort to them that at last Osama bin Laden has been apprehended.
"We have more work to do. He is one person. Terrorism is still out there. We have a commitment to honor our oath of office, to protect and defend. President Obama has done that--with this building on the work of President Bush before him and before that, President Clinton, even before 9/11 made Osama bin Laden public enemy number one in the United States.
"As we go forward, I hope we will have a chance to speak about this on the floor in the form of a resolution and perhaps go to New York in a joint session as the New York delegation has suggested, in a way that is a much better occasion now that this historic event has taken place.
"Again, I say "Hail to the Chief,' really a tribute to the leadership of our commander in chief, President Barack Obama."