ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe reports:
The Senate – with all senators sitting at their desks in the chamber, a rare sight – today passed a resolution honoring the members of the military and intelligence community who carried out the successful mission that killed Osama bin Laden.
The vote was 97-0.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate was voting on the resolution “not as two parties, not even as 100 senators, but as one body, representing one grateful country.”
“Those who remember the horror of 9/11 take a certain satisfaction knowing that the last thing Osama bin Laden saw in this world was the small team of Americans who shot him dead,” said the Senate’s top Republican Mitch McConnell.
“Justice has been done and the world has become a better place now that bin Laden is no longer in it,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. “This is a time for national unity and celebration. It is a time to finally close a painful chapter in the history of our nation, even as our larger fight continues. And most of all, it is a time to give thanks and recognition to a distinguished group of our fellow citizens who will forever occupy an honored place in our history.”
“I am truly in awe of what these young men have accomplished,” he said.
But there were also political issues up for debate today.
Earlier today Reid said he does not think the administration should release any photos of a dead bin Laden, arguing, “I personally think it’s morbid and I’m not going to be yelling to make the photo public.”
The Nevada lawmaker also said Congress should not cut off financial aid to Pakistan in the wake of an uproar that bin Laden was holed up so close to the Pakistani capital, noting that “Pakistan for a long time now has been partner in many of the things that we’re doing to thwart the Taliban and al Qaeda.”