Congresswoman Laura Richardson released the following statement regarding President Obama's statement on the death of Osama Bin Laden:
"After more than a decade of terror and the murders of thousands of people in the United States and throughout the world, the death of Osama Bin Laden marks an important step toward the end of the United States in the War on Terror.
"I commend President Obama on his leadership, focus and perseverance as well as the bravery of the courageous Special Forces who participated in the heroic operation that lead to the slaying of the world's most wanted man. We owe our military, intelligence community and those who participated in this action our deepest gratitude and appreciation for their tireless efforts, sacrifice and dedication to their mission. We should also take this time to acknowledge the nearly 5,900 brave men and women whose lives have been lost in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They gave the supreme sacrifice for their country and we will forever be a grateful nation for the service. I also extend thanks to the nations that have stood and continue to stand with us in our fight to end terrorism throughout the world.
"As we mark this historic moment, we must remain mindful that there is still much work to be done. Al-Qaeda and its affiliates and supporters pose continued serious threats to our national security, and as a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, I continue to be a committed advocate for secure borders, emergency preparedness, and sound policies that evolve to match our nation's changing needs and circumstances. All Americans must stay vigilant and alert as we continue to confront the dangers facing our nation at home and abroad. Together, the United States and our global allies will persist in our fight against those who threaten our freedom and liberty."