By Alexander Bolton - 05/03/11 01:55 AM EDT
Senate Democratic and Republican leaders are hashing out the precise wording of a resolution to commemorate the killing of Osama bin Laden, according to leadership aides.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hopes to pass the measure on Tuesday, according to Democratic aides.
Republicans say former President George W. Bush deserves some of the credit, but Democrats have long argued that Bush impeded the national-security community’s pursuit of bin Laden by diverting resources to the war in Iraq.
Leaders will attempt to sidestep this controversy by focusing on the importance of bin Laden’s death and the heroic dedication of men and women in the armed forces and intelligence community.
“It will commemorate the victory in the war on terror and praise the intelligence community,” said a Democratic aide.
“We’ll probably vote on it tomorrow,” the aide said, in reference to Tuesday.
Reid and his staff were drafting the resolution’s language on Monday afternoon, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) was waiting to review it as of 5:30 p.m.
President Obama has urged congressional leaders to set aside partisan differences in the wake of the successful commando raid.
“And so tonight, it is my fervent hope that we can harness some of that unity and some of that pride to confront the many challenges that we still face,” Obama told nearly 80 members of Congress at a pre-arranged event, according to the White House.