Members from New York, including House Homeland Security Chairman Peter King (R) and Senate Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer, trumpeted Sunday’s announcement as a special victory for the people of the Empire State.
King, who displays a photograph of the twin towers burning in his hearing room, issued a statement quoting Bush from 2001 that the U.S. “will not fail” in its mission to seek justice for the attacks.
“President Bush deserves great credit for putting action behind those words,” King said. “President Obama deserves equal credit for his resolve in this long war against al-Qaeda.”
Still others, like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, echoed Obama’s sentiment that Sunday’s announcement should unify the country.
“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,” the Kentucky Republican said in a statement. “Tonight’s announcement shows that we have made good on that pledge.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.