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May 4, 2011

Justice Delayed Became Justice Served

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The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Indiana (Mr. Pence) for 5 minutes.

Mr. PENCE. Mr. Speaker, Osama bin Laden is dead. Justice delayed became justice served. And I stand to pay a debt of honor and a debt of gratitude to all of those who brought us to this day.

The first time most Americans heard Osama bin Laden's name was perhaps from that podium. Just more than a

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week after September 11, we gathered here. President George W. Bush spoke that name into history. And every day since, it has been clear to freedom-loving people across this planet that we had to reach this day to answer for the tragic and brutal events visited upon our country on September 11.

I rise to pay a debt of honor and a debt of gratitude. I commend President Barack Obama for his decisive leadership, making the tactical decisions that were made, as well as providing our troops with the resources they needed to get the job done and come home safely. I commend his predecessor, President George W. Bush, whose tenacity and commitment to the war on terror clearly brought us to this day. I also commend our intelligence community, who, year upon year, never lost sight of the demand for justice.

But I mostly rise today to pay a debt of honor and gratitude to the members of our U.S. Armed Forces, past and present. Those Sunday night who slid down the ropes and captured and killed Osama bin Laden are in our hearts, but also those over the last 10 years who have made the necessary sacrifices in the war on terror, and I rise today to particularly pay tribute to them.

I was here on 9/11. After we had the opportunity for the roads to open, I made my way back to our small home in Northern Virginia, and there, with my wife and our children, 6, 7 and 8, we gathered for a short family meeting and for prayer before I would come back in to the Capitol.

My little 6-year-old daughter stopped me in the kitchen as I was walking to the car and she said, ``Daddy, I have to talk to you.'' I said, ``I've got to go.'' She said, ``Daddy, I've got to talk to you.'' I said, ``What?'' She said, ``If we have to make a war, do you have to go?'' And I dropped down on one knee and I threw my arms around that 6-year-old and I said, ``Daddy's too old.'' But every day since I have thought of all the daddies and mommies who looked their little ones in the eye, looked their spouses and their parents in the eye, and they said, ``I have to go.'' And they went. And some of them didn't come home.

In the Sixth Congressional District, we have a roll of the fallen heroes of the war on terror. I recite them today with the deepest respect and gratitude.

Lance Corporal Matthew Smith of Anderson; Private Shawn Pahnke of Shelbyville; Specialist Chad Keith of Batesville; Staff Sergeant Frederick Miller, Jr., of Hagerstown; Sergeant Robert Colvill, Jr., of Anderson; Specialist Raymond White of Elwood; Lance Corporal Scott Zubowski of New Castle; Sergeant Jeremy Wright of Shelbyville; Master Sergeant Mike Heister of Bluffton; Staff Sergeant Michael Bechert of New Castle; Staff Sergeant Brian Keith Miller of Pendleton; Specialist Jonathan Lahmann of Richmond; Lance Corporal Layton Crass of Richmond; Lance Corporal Andrew Whitacre of Bryant; Specialist William Justin McClellan of New Castle; Private First Class Jaiciae Pauley of Muncie; Staff Sergeant Phillip Chad Jenkins of Decatur; and Sergeant Jeremy McQueary of my hometown of Columbus.

This was a victory for freedom. And as much as it belongs to those who made the decisions, developed the intelligence, who slid down the ropes and stepped into harm's way Sunday night, this victory belongs to those who lie in earthen graves in my district and all over this country who brought it about.

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Winston Churchill said, We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would do us harm. Today, I pay a debt of gratitude to a Commander in Chief, present and past, but to all the members of the Armed Forces who allow us this day to say: Justice served. Osama bin Laden is dead.

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The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman from Virginia (Mr. Connolly) is recognized for 5 minutes.

Mr. CONNOLLY of Virginia. Let me congratulate my colleague from Indiana on his eloquence. I don't think it could be better said.

(House of Representatives - May 3, 2011)

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