Today Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) released the following statement regarding the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden:
"The news of Osama bin Laden's death brings a sense of relief and justice to all Americans nearly ten years after the September 11th attack on American soil by al Qaeda terrorists.
"I would like to thank our servicemen and women for their commitment to fight the spread of terrorism, and for their role in bringing Osama bin Laden to justice. In particular, I would like to share my gratitude to the Navy SEALS and CIA paramilitary forces who took down this murdering terrorist, and Presidents Obama and Bush for their leadership. I appreciate President Obama's announcement on Osama bin Laden's death, and I well remember President George W. Bush as he promised those who lost their loved ones that bin Laden would be taken dead or alive, no matter how long it takes. This news marks the fulfillment of that promise.
"Though Osama bin Laden has been brought to justice, we should remember the many followers he has all over the world, and we must continue to be vigilant. Bin Laden's death indicates that we are being vigilant, and that we must strive to continue in this manner. We must never forget the heartbreak and loss he brought to so many on September 11th, 2001. We honor the families who lost loved ones in 9/11, and the families who lost loved ones serving in the fight against terrorism."