U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released the following statement regarding the apprehension of the second Boston bombing suspect.
Chairman McCaul: "I commend the FBI, JTTF and Boston Police for their work in this case, identifying the suspects and taking them off the streets. Their efforts to keep the people of Boston safe while conducting this manhunt have been nothing short of monumental. My prayers are with the family of the MIT security officer who lost his life in a shootout with the suspects and several other officers who were wounded.
"While we have made it more difficult for terrorists to carry out attacks from overseas, the attack on the Boston Marathon is indicative of the shift in terrorists' tactics in recent years to inspire people who are living in the United States to strike. While several plots of this nature have been thwarted, this is the first to succeed. Americans must not back down in the face of terrorism, and we will continue to look for those would attempt to do us harm. In the coming weeks the Homeland Security Committee will begin to ask how this happened, and how we can prevent it from happening again."