Hopefully, Osama bin Laden's death will bring comfort to some of the families of the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said.

"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," Hoyer said in a statement Sunday. "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."

Hoyer praised President Obama as well as the American military and intelligence community for making "bin Laden's death or capture a top priority."

"President Obama made bin Laden's death or capture a top priority, and it was that focus that helped bring about our biggest victory against al Qaeda." Hoyer said. "Our military and intelligence community have tirelessly pursued Osama bin Laden, and it is a testament to their skill and determination that bin Laden has been killed.

"I, along with all Americans, commend their efforts and thank them for their service," Hoyer continued.

Additionally, Hoyer cautioned that bin Laden's death does not mean the threat of terrorism has ended.

"While the enormity of this moment cannot be overstated, we all recognize that the threat of terrorism still exists and we must remain vigilant," Hoyer said. "We will continue to stay alert and confront the national security threats we face."