The Washington Post

House leaders considering bin Laden resolution

The House may vote on a resolution honoring the military and intelligence community on the mission that killed Osama bin Laden, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday.

The Senate already passed a resolution earlier this week honoring the troops and the intelligence community as well as President Obama and former president George W. Bush on the successful strike on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

But the House has not yet taken up a resolution – in part due to new rules enacted by House Republicans at the beginning of the 112th Congress prohibiting the consideration of most commemorative resolutions.

Boehner told reporters at his weekly news conference Thursday that members have issued press releases commemorating the mission and that while discussion has been underway on the possibility of a resolution on the bin Laden mission, no final decision has been made.

“We’re pretty well committed to the House doing substantive work on the floor of the House,” Boehner said. “All of the commemorative resolutions that used to be brought to the floor of the House, some of them, I thought, were quite meaningful. And so there has been a conversation, but no decision yet.”

Boehner also personally offered praise for Obama on the bin Laden raid, calling the mission “a credit to our commander-in-chief, our current one and our previous one.”

And asked about the White House’s changing story on the events of the raid itself, Boehner declined to criticize Obama.

“I had a conversation with the president,” Boehner said. “The president outlined to me the series of actions that occurred on Sunday evening. I have no doubts that Osama bin Laden is dead.”


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