Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerAre maskless House members scofflaws? Israel, Democrats and the problem of the Middle East Joe Crowley to register as lobbyist for recording artists MORE (R-Ohio) thanked both Presidents Obama and George W. Bush for their efforts in hunting down al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. 

Before giving his speech at the White House Sunday night, Obama told BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerAre maskless House members scofflaws? Israel, Democrats and the problem of the Middle East Joe Crowley to register as lobbyist for recording artists MORE and other congressional leaders that the man behind the 9/11 attacks had been killed.

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Calling his death "great news for the security of the American people and a victory" in the fight against al Qaeda and radical extremism, Boehner thanked the past two presidents for their hard work and determination. 

"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," he said. "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."

Boehner warned that despite the good news, the threat of terrorism still remains.

"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," he said.