Kentuckiana lawmakers release statements on bin Laden's death

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After learning that Osama bin Laden, the man responsible for planning and executing the terrorist attacks on America on 9-11, lawmakers reacted to the unexpected news.

KY U.S. Senior Senator Mitch McConnell

"The death of Osama bin Laden marks a long-awaited end to the work of the man responsible for the 9/11 attacks. No one who remembers the horror of that day can help but feel relieved that Osama bin Laden is dead. This is a great victory in the War on Terror and for all who have worked so tirelessly over the years to thwart the monstrous designs of this madman and his disciples.

"On September 11, 2001, America came together and vowed that we would never forget the memory of those whose lives were lost on that terrible day. Tonight's announcement shows that we have made good on that pledge. It is proof that no matter how difficult or how long it takes, our military, intelligence forces and law enforcement officials will never stop until the job is done. America celebrates tonight, and is grateful for the heroic efforts of the many men and women around the world who have fought and who are still fighting to protect the world from terrorism.

"Though they may never make the headlines, we are ever mindful of their many sacrifices. This war on terror continues, but we can be happy tonight that with the death of Osama bin Laden, the world is a better place."

U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-KY, 3rd District

"The death of Osama bin Laden stands as our nation's most significant strike in the fight against al-Qaeda to date and a military victory unrivaled for decades. While we hear so much about what divides this country, there is no question that with this historic victory, America stands united, as one. 

"We stand with the thousands who were killed in the tragedies of September 11, with the families who lost loved ones, and with the brave men and women of our military and intelligence community who fought and sacrificed to protect our nation and to bring this murderer to justice.

"We will never forget the pain and loss of that terrible day in 2001, but now, the world will always remember that when things seemed darkest, the United States of America never let up, never gave in, never stopped fighting until success was achieved -- just as we always have and as we will continue to do." 

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthre, D-KY, 2nd District

"I join the President and all Americans in gratitude to our armed forces and the intelligence community for the outstanding job they have done in bringing Osama Bin Laden to justice.

"Osama Bin Laden represented a threat to all those who stood for freedom and democracy around the world.

"I will continue to be thankful for our brave men and women in uniform who have sacrificed so much to ensure the safety of Americans and the freedom of our country."

KY U.S. Senator Rand Paul

"I commend our troops, the intelligence community, and the military leaders involved in both the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama for their perseverance and courage in pursuit of this most grievous enemy of the United States of America."

IN U.S. Senator Dick Lugar, Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

"The reported death of Osama bin Laden is welcome news, but it in no way eliminates the threat from the terrorism he espoused. This is another reminder that Americans cannot hide from global affairs.

"Americans must continue to be vigilant to ensure that terrorist groups and rouge states do not obtain weapons of mass destruction, a goal that I and many other Americans have sought for 20 years."

IN U.S. Senator Dan Coats

"This is the news we have waited to hear ever since learning that Osama Bin Laden was responsible for attacking America on September 11, 2001. Following the loss of more than 3,000 innocent American lives, the United States government pledged to capture the architect of 9/11. The success of this mission is the result of the persistent efforts of our intelligence officers and the brave service of America's military men and women."