Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) expressed her condolences to the victims of yesterday's bombing in Boston, during her opening statement at an aviation safety hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Cantwell also praised Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta for acting quickly to protect the skies over Boston, following the attack.
"Before I get started, I want to honor the victims of the horrific event that happened in Boston," said Cantwell during today's hearing. "I know that all Washingtonians -- and all Americans -- stand with our friends in Massachusetts. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this senseless tragedy.
"Today, we honor the first responders who protect the lives of innocent Americans," Cantwell continued. "And, I want to thank you, Administrator Huerta, for the FAA's rapid response, quickly securing Boston's airspace -- establishing temporary flight restrictions over the immediate vicinity of the explosion."