House lawmakers, who choose to retire at the end of this term, lament the chaos and division that has plagued the chamber for much of this year.
“My main reasons are personal,” said Rep. Dan Kildee, Democrat of Michigan, who will leave office at the end of his current term. “I decided when I first started [entered office] That I will stay for ten years, and it will be 12 years when I leave. But it’s hard to deny that…the personal sacrifice we make away from our families seems less easy to justify when we come here, and not only is it just a carnival, but we’re not really doing any substantive legislation.
This year marked the first time in history that the Speaker of the US House of Representatives was forced to step down by its members. The House GOP majority saw deep divisions that derailed House votes and saw quiet procedural votes go up in flames.
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Republican Indiana Rep. Victoria Spartz told Fox News: “I don’t mind division. I actually don’t mind having a small majority. I think that’s a good thing. But I have a problem that we don’t govern here.” Digital.
“We’re just appeasing and dramatizing and… [are] Not interested in serious issues. “So we have to figure out a way that we can better inform the American people to put pressure on this failed institution.”
Spartz has left the door open to run for the House again in the future, but for now she has said she will leave at the end of this term due to several factors.
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“I think it’s a combination of things, you know, she’s exhausted from what’s going on here. You know, I’m really worried about what’s going on in the country, and spending more time with my kids and my business,” she said.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., has served in the House since 1996, but said earlier this year that the current term would be his last.
When asked if the chaos and division we’ve seen this year had anything to do with his decision, he said: “I think, in these circumstances, I can — on the things I care most about — have as much or more influence as anyone else.” civil.”
Blumenauer told Fox News Digital that this Congress began with clear divisions within the majority party, and he did not see how those divisions could be resolved.
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“It’s pretty clear the way this Congress started, there were deep, profound, irreconcilable divisions with my Republican colleagues,” he said. “And it doesn’t seem to be getting better.”
“It’s concerning, but you know, we’re going to do our best next year to help move some things along.”
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One Republican lawmaker who spoke with Fox News Digital said they expect more Republican exits after former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced his intention to leave at the end of this year on Wednesday.
“We’re going to lose a lot of expertise, you know, and what you get in return is sometimes not really good policymakers. So it’s a real challenge,” the lawmaker said.