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.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.