Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA), member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on President Obama’s announcement confirming that Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks against the United States, has been killed:

“Almost a decade after the malicious attack on our homeland and on our countrymen, the mastermind of that attack, Osama bin Laden, has met justice. This is a historic moment in the world’s repudiation of terrorism and moves us towards a more peaceful and just world.

“At this time, my thoughts are with the families who lost loved ones during 9/11. This announcement brings us back to that Fall day in 2001.

“I applaud President Obama, our intelligence agents, and CIA Director Panetta. I also applaud the men and women in the armed services. From all backgrounds, they all came together for this shared sacrifice and this common mission. This day of justice is a result of their dogged determination and courage. All of America is grateful.

“It is their continued perseverance and strategy that will continue to root out terrorism and keep America safe.”

Senator Mayor Landrieu Comments on Killing of Osama Bin Laden:

"I am proud of our men and women in uniform for this enormous achievement. This is a tremendous step forward in the war on terror, and our nation owes a debt of gratitude to those who carried it out. I am relieved that the cause of justice has been served and that the victims of 9-11 can rest assured knowing the man behind the attacks has been killed and caught."

DavidVitter: Senator David Vitter's Twitter post:

"Bin Laden's death is significant victory - sends strong message to the terrorists. Thanks to our brave men & women fighting for us."

Congressman Steve Scalise released the following statement after it was announced that Osama bin Laden has been killed:

"The confirmation that Osama bin Laden has been killed is a great victory for our military troops who have been in and around Iraq and Afghanistan fighting to defend the freedoms that we hold dear," Scalise said. "While there are still those around the world who wish to do us harm, this news marks a critical and victorious milestone in the ongoing war on terror. The killing of Osama bin Laden closes an important chapter in the war on terror, and while we celebrate the heroic efforts of our men and women in uniform, we also remember the brave souls who gave their lives to get us to this point. We will never forget the horrific events of September 11, 2001, and we will continue fighting to preserve our freedoms and protect America from those who wish to do us harm."