Washington state's Congressional delegation reacted Sunday night to the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed. They released the following statements.
Sen. Patty Murray
"The President's announcement tonight is tremendous news for all Americans and for counterterrorism efforts worldwide.
"The superb work of our military and intelligence communities have led to the death of the mastermind of the worst attack in our nation's history. It is indeed a great moment.
"I applaud our troops, intelligence operatives, and the Administration for never wavering in this important goal in the broader war on terrorism.
"This is a particularly important day for the thousands of Americans who lost a family member, friend or loved one nearly ten years ago. And all of our thanks go to those who have been lost in our military efforts and to our veterans and their families.
"This is indeed a significant moment and one that will continue to propel our efforts to root out terrorists wherever they reside. We must continue to remain vigilant and focused on the protection of the American people."
Rep. Dave Reichert
"Tonight we learned that Osama bin Laden has been killed by U.S. troops in Pakistan. This event is a milestone in a decade-long global war on terror," Reichert said. "Thanks to the bravery and courage of our military men and women, Osama bin Laden will no longer be able to encourage violence and do harm to those whose only supposed crime is valuing freedom. Justice was served and the world is a safer place without this monster. Again, I thank our military and intelligence personnel for their service and sacrifice. This would not have been possible without their diligence and commitment to this essential mission."
Rep. Adam Smith
"Osama Bin Laden orchestrated a devastating attack on our nation nearly 10 years ago designed to destroy our way of life. Since that day, he has continued to call for the death of innocent Americans and those who disagree with his distorted, violent ideology.
"His death is a victory for all those who champion freedom around the world and sends a resounding message to violent extremists who seek to do our country harm.
"I applaud the hard work of our men and women in the armed services and intelligence community, the President and all the individuals who have worked tirelessly to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice."