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Democrat infighting over spending bill contributed to decision to retire, Texas Dem says

Texas Dem claims that infighting among Democrats over the spending bill led to the decision to retire.

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Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, the 85-year-old Texas Democrat, who recently announced that she will not seek reelection, said in an interview that party infighting over President Biden’s social spending bill contributed to her decision.

Johnson said Tuesday to CBS DFW that it was difficult for her to make the decision and that some leaders wanted her reconsider. But she told the station that she is getting older, and also pointed to the fight over President Biden’s social spending bill. 

“You begin to question the why when you get to a point where our party is not as together as you’d like it to be, like you’ve experienced,” she said. Fox News sent her an email in the evening, which she received from her office but was not returned immediately.

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Reps on both sides of Congress praised her work after she decided to not run for reelection. Frank D. Lucas, R.Okla., was with her in the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. 

The Washington Post reported that he issue a statement that said there is no one he’d “rather have as my counterpart across the aisle.”

She was called a “true government servant”, who is deeply committed to supporting U.S. science.

“She’s an old-school legislator who cares more about results than headlines, and I respect that deeply,” he said.

Johnson has been a fixture of Dallas’ political scene since her early days as a politician. She was the first Black woman elected to the Dallas state Senate.

Johnson endorsed Jasmine Crockett, Democratic State Representative to her Seat. This was just days after Johnson announced her intention to retire.

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Crockett, a first-term state representative, made headlines in July as part of the group of Texas lawmakers who fled to Washington, D.C., in an attempt to block a vote on the state Republicans‘ elections integrity bill, which eventually passed and was signed into law in September.

Jessica Chasmar, Fox News reporter, and the Associated Press contributed this report

Source: FoxNews.com

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