"This vicious act of terror cannot stand, and we must remain committed to the task of combating the scourge of terrorism no matter where it raises its ugly head."

Cantor said he is grateful to the first responders and bystanders who helped people injured by the bombing, which killed three and injured more than 100. He added that he hoped the Boston Marathon can continue to symbolize personal strength and perseverance.

"Let it continue to be a symbol of fortitude and perseverance for Boston and for our entire nation," he said.

Cantor was one of several House members to speak on the House floor about the bombing both Monday night and Tuesday afternoon.