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May032011

Senate Honors Military, Intel on Osama Bin Laden Mission

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate – with all senators sitting at their desks in the chamber, a rare sight – passed a resolution Tuesday honoring the members of the military and intelligence communities who carried out the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate was voting on the resolution “not as two parties, not even as 100 senators, but as one body, representing one grateful country.”

The vote was 97-0.

“Those who remember the horror of 9/11 take a certain satisfaction knowing that the last thing Osama bin Laden saw in this world was the small team of Americans who shot him dead,” said the Senate’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell.

“Justice has been done and the world has become a better place now that bin Laden is no longer in it,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. “This is a time for national unity and celebration. It is a time to finally close a painful chapter in the history of our nation, even as our larger fight continues. And most of all, it is a time to give thanks and recognition to a distinguished group of our fellow citizens who will forever occupy an honored place in our history.

“I am truly in awe of what these young men have accomplished,” he said.

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