Local lawmakers responding to the death of Osama bin Laden

Local lawmakers are sounding off about the death of the death of al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden.

Speaker of the House and West Chester Native John Boehner spoke late this afternoon:

"I want to congratulate the hardworking men and women of the United States Armed Services. I want to thank all of those involved in the intelligence community, for their tireless efforts and perseverance that led to this successful evening. I also want to commend President Obama and President Bush for all of their efforts to bring Osama Bin Laden to justice."

Ohio Senator Rob Portman released a statement on Monday:

"While this is a milestone that we have all awaited, we must remember that al Qaeda and its affiliates is not dependant on one man, and we must remain vigilant in our efforts to disrupt and destroy terrorist networks that threaten our nation and allies."

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown says:

"This is a victory for all American and a testament to the sacrifice of our service members and their families, and the American Intelligence Community."

From Local Representative Jean Schmidt:

"The announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden by US Special Operation Forces certainly marks a major victory in the war on terror."

FOX19 spoke with Representative Steve Chabot this afternoon:

"I think it's a significant blow to al Qaeda. I think it directly hits their prestige, their power around the world, and I think al Qaeda is in decline; especially when you see all the freedom movements going on the Middle East. However, it's absolutely critical that we recognize that even though this is an important victory in the war on terror, it's not the end of the war."

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