WASHINGTON,DC -- House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the announcement that Richard Darman, the former Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George H.W. Bush, passed away today:
"I was very saddened to learn today that Richard Darman, a committed and long-time public servant who held key positions in five Administrations, had passed away.
"While Dick Darman and I belonged to different political parties and held different views on many issues, I deeply respected him for his integrity, intelligence and willingness to seek bipartisan solutions. I know that is a sentiment that was shared by Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle who worked with him over the years.
"Dick was a man of principle who was committed, first and foremost, to doing what he believed was right for our nation -- even if it came at his own personal expense. From his resignation during the 'Saturday Night Massacre' of Watergate to his work on the 1990 budget agreement that helped rein in exploding budget deficits, Dick Darman elevated principle and problem solving above ideology and politics. And, our nation is much better for his service.
"I want to send my sincere condolences to his wife, Kathleen, and his three sons, his other family members and his many friends at this difficult time."