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Senate passes resolution honoring military, intelligence community for Osama bin Laden operation

May 03, 2011|By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite )

The United States Senate unanimously approved a resolution congratulating the U.S. military and intelligence communities for locating and killing Osama bin Laden.

Before the vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the mission "historically significant and tactically stunning."

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"This is the newest proud page in the long story of the American hero," the Nevada senator said. "Today the Senate stands in awe of the countless men and women who have toiled in obscurity in the field in every corner of the world. ... These heroes confronted fear with brilliance and bravery. They met the worst of humanity with the best of America."

"I want to commend the President on his decision to go through with this mission. Above all, I want to thank the remarkable group of men who carried it out," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) added.

Unlike the usual chaotic gaggle in the well of the chamber for votes, senators signaled their support one-by-one from their desks as the roll was called.

michael.memoli@latimes.com

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