Coats, Walorski, Carson react to Hagel resignation

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2014 file photo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs reporters at the Pentagon. Hagel has approved a recommendation by military leaders that all U.S. troops returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa be kept in supervised isolation for 21 days. The move goes beyond precautions recommended by the Obama administration for civilians, although President Barack Obama has made clear he feels the military's situation is different from that of civilians, in part because troops are not in West Africa by choice. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Members of Indiana’s congressional delegation are thanking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for his service after he announced his resignation.

Republican Sen. Dan Coats serves on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, says he didn’t support Hagel’s appointment as defense secretary but thanks him for his service to the nation throughout his career.

Both Coats and Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski say President Barack Obama and his national security advisers prevented Hagel from achieving more success as defense secretary. Walorski serves on the House Armed Services Committee, as does Democratic Rep. Andre Carson.

Carson says he always appreciated Hagel’s honest assessment and advice, especially in difficult circumstances.

Hagel will step down as defense secretary once a successor is confirmed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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