Hoyer Statement on Defense Secretary Rumsfeld’s Resignation

For Immediate Release:

November 8, 2006

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement after Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced his resignation today:

            “It is clear that our strategy in Iraq is not working and that we must chart a new direction in our policy there.  Yesterday, the American people sent an unmistakable message through the elections that they want a course correction in Iraq, and today the President indicated that this message has been received.

            “The President’s announcement that Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld will resign is a very significant break with the unsuccessful policies of the past and an important opportunity to chart a new direction in Iraq, as well as the war on terrorism.”

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