• Retirements mount in Congress: Some are frustrated by "chaos," and othe

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    Congressman Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat, is one of nearly 40
    lawmakers leaving Congress at the end of this term.

    "I deeply respect some of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, but
    it's harder and harder to work with them," Blumenauer told CBS News. "The unending chaos in the House really takes up most of the oxygen."

    "The dysfunction in the House is part of the reason why I've decided to
    leave," said GOP Rep. Ken Buck, of Colorado. "People are lying a lot. And
    when you call out the lies, you're the bad guy. I feel like I can do more outside of Congress than inside of Congress."

    "I'm at that point of my life, age-wise and career-wise, where if I have
    one more chapter, I want to go explore it," 61-year-old Maryland Rep. John Sarbanes, a Democrat, told CBS News by phone ahead of a busy week in the
    House. Sarbanes has announced his ninth term in the House will be his
    final one.

    As Congress slogs through a year of stalemates, showdowns, acrimony and
    the first-ever ousting of a House speaker, a wave of incumbent lawmakers
    have announced they're walking away from their Capitol Hill careers.

    The large number of retirements is troubling, said some House members and staffers, because the retirees include veteran lawmakers considered to be workhorses of Congress by their peers.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/congress-retirement-numbers-growing- frustrated-chaos/#:~:text=Rep.%20Anna%20Eshoo,that%20we%20pass.%22

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