The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a resolution commending members of the military and intelligence community for the mission that killed Osama bin Laden at his Pakistan compound on Sunday.
The bipartisan resolution, which was approved on a 97-to-0 vote, praises President Obama for committing “additional forces and resources to efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” It also commends former President George W. Bush for leading “an international coalition into Afghanistan to dismantle al Qaeda, deny them a safe haven in Afghanistan and ungoverned areas along the Pakistani border, and bring Osama bin Laden to justice.”
The resolution marked one of the rare votes in the upper chamber when senators were present and mostly silent at their desks as they voted. Usually, senators huddle with other members and stroll in and out of the chamber during votes.
Three members were not present for Tuesday’s vote: Sens. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and John Ensign (R-Nev.). Ensign, who delivered his farewell speech on Monday, is resigning from the Senate effective Tuesday.
Kirk spokesman Kate Dickens said that the senator had been spending the day with the victims of severe flooding in down-state Illinois.
Akaka’s office said that the Hawaii Democrat had a minor accident at home and is expected to return to the office later this week, but that he strongly supports the resolution and would have voted in favor of it.