Reaction to Osama bin Laden's death

Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.) - 

"With the killing by U.S. forces of one of the most evil men in history, who had the blood of thousands of innocent Americans on his hands, we mark the most significant achievement to date in our fight against al Qaeda and terrorism. The world has now been reminded that there is no safety or shelter for the enemies of our nation."

Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) - 

"I am elated to learn that Osama bin Laden, an enemy with so much blood on his hands, has finally been brought to justice."

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) - 

"Thanks to a great deal of hard work and perseverance by our intelligence and military services, the world’s most notorious terrorist has met the same fate he dealt to generations of innocent civilians. While we will never calculate the homes destroyed, the lives ruined and the families broken on his account, we know that he will never again direct an attack or plan an operation. I extend my sincere thanks to President Obama and the many brave men and women involved in the operation, who have so diligently sought the final outcome that eluded us for the past decade."

Joint statement by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission - 

“Osama bin Laden was a criminal responsible for heinous terrorist attacks that cost the lives of thousands of innocent people. His death makes the world a safer place and shows that such crimes do not remain unpunished."

Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.) - 

"Osama bin Laden has wreaked untold havoc in our country and around the world. Tonight, we should take a moment to remember all those who died at his hand."

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) - 

"This closes a key chapter in the war on terror – it’s hard to imagine an end to al Qaeda without the death of bin Laden. While we can all certainly celebrate this important victory, the fight will go on. We will not stop until al Qaeda has been eliminated."

Minority House Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) - 

"Nearly ten years after the horrific attacks of September 11, the United States has killed the mastermind behind that attack that took thousands of lives. That terrible day has been seared into our memory, and I hope Osama bin Laden's death brings some measure of comfort to the families of those killed on 9/11 - and to everyone across America who wanted to see him brought to justice."

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) - 

"This is great news for the security of the American people and a victory in our continued fight against al Qaeda and radical extremism around the world. We continue to face a complex and evolving terrorist threat, and it is important that we remain vigilant in our efforts to confront and defeat the terrorist enemy and protect the American people. I want to congratulate -- and thank -- the hard-working men and women of our Armed Forces and intelligence community for their tireless efforts and perseverance that led to this success. I also want to commend President Obama and his team, as well as President Bush, for all of their efforts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice."

Rep. William Keating (D-Mass.) - 

“We must remember, however, that the threats against our country do not die with bin Laden. Our national security remains of the utmost importance, and we must continue to cultivate critical partnerships in the region in order to protect ourselves from threats beyond our border."

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) - 

"Osama bin Laden is dead. These are words the American people have been waiting to hear for nearly ten years – since the day he brazenly attacked the United States and murdered over 3,000 innocent victims on September 11th, 2001. This is a fitting end for the face of global terrorism – an evil madman whose hatred of freedom and disregard for innocent human life knew no bounds."

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) - 

"The death of Osama bin Laden is an important milestone in the fight against terrorism and a relief to millions of Americans and others around the world who have felt his murderous destruction. Osama bin Laden was a murderer who devoted his life to the destruction of freedom, democracy and our way of life. Tonight all Americans can feel safer knowing that bin Laden is dead, but we must remain vigilant in the continued fight against al Qaeda and any terrorists who seek to harm our nation. I join the President and all Americans in thanking the military professionals who carried out this mission. We depend on them and owe them our gratitude and our prayers."

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) - 

"This is a thunderous strike for justice for the thousands of my fellow New Yorkers -- and citizens from all over the world -- who were murdered on 9/11. It took close to ten years, but the world's most wanted terrorist has finally met his deserved fate. New York's heart is still broken from the tragedy of 9/11, but this at least brings some measure of closure and consolation to the victims and their families."

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) - 

"Thousands of American men and women have fought and died to defeat the terrorists led by Osama bin Laden who attacked our nation on September 11, 2001. The death of bin Laden is a major milestone in U.S. efforts to eradicate terrorism and keep our homeland safe. I salute our brave service members, our intelligence community, and our commander in chief, on this important occasion. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Intelligence Committee, I will continue to ensure that our government does all it can to keep Coloradans and every American safe from enemies who wish to do us harm."

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) - 

"In 2001, President Bush said ‘we will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.’ President Bush deserves great credit for putting action behind those words. President Obama deserves equal credit for his resolve in this long war against al Qaeda."

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) - 

"I want to express my deepest gratitude to the men and women of the U.S. military and intelligence community. Their persistence and dedicated service has yielded success in a mission that has gripped our nation since the terrible events of 9/11. Tonight’s news does not bring back the lives of the thousands of innocent people who were killed that day by Osama bin Laden’s horrific plan, and it does not end the threat posed by terrorists, but it is my hope that this is the beginning of the end of Sharia-compliant terrorism."

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) -

"The death of Osama bin Laden is a long-awaited justice for the American people and the fulfillment of a promise made in the wreckage of the World Trade Center. While this may bring some closure to that horrific attack on U.S. soil, the memory and mission endures. I applaud our troops for their bravery and relentless commitment to this operation and their ongoing efforts in the war on terror throughout the globe, particularly in Afghanistan and Iraq. Today we are reminded of the resilience of the American people and the sacrifice of those lost on 9/11 and in our armed forces. Justice has been served. God Bless America."

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) - 

"I join all Americans in praise for the Special Forces who finally brought down this mass murderer. The long hunt for the terrorist behind the September 11 attacks, killer of nearly 3,000 Americans, is over. I hope this news can bring some peace to our 9/11 families who have waited almost 10 years for bin Laden's demise. It is a good night for America and the world."

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) - 

"I commend our men and women in the intelligence community for the successful completion of this focused and meticulously planned attack. Americans are proud to be defended by the outstanding men and women of our armed services who, once again, risked their lives in the effort to bring peace and justice to our world. As we continue to fight the war on terror, we cannot forget the sacrifices of our servicemen and women just as we cannot forget the innocent lives lost on September 11th."

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) - 

"We are a nation of peace and laws, and people everywhere should understand that our ten-year manhunt was in search of justice not revenge. Terrorists everywhere must never doubt that the United States will hunt them down no matter where they are, no matter how long it takes."

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) - 

"Nearly ten years after the horrific attacks on September 11, 2001 costing thousands of lives, the United States has killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda and mastermind of the attacks. This is an enormous victory – both strategic and symbolic – for the United States, the world, and all who lost their lives on 9/11."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) - 

"The death of bin Laden also provides some measure of justice for the family and loved ones of the nearly 3,000 who lost their lives on 9/11.

I was notified on Sunday of the strike and have been briefed in the past about intelligence on bin Laden's whereabouts. It has been a very impressive CIA operation and they deserve praise."

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) - 

“While the fight has not ended, bin Laden’s death is an important demonstration of the will and steadfast determination of the American people. I join President Obama in calling for unity as we are reminded, in this moment, that there is more that unites us than divides us."