Congressional Retirements Continue
Congressional retirements continued this week when Senator Trent Lott (R-Miss.), the former majority leader, announced he would leave the Senate before the end of the year, only a year after running for reelection.
Some see this as a sign that compromise has been lost in the Senate, like the House, with decisions now being made along party lines and at the behest of party leaders. Lott is well known for his ability to make a deal between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate, including successfully negotiating major welfare reform, the Balanced Budget Act, and this year's unsuccessful but noteworthy attempt on immigration reform.
This announcement comes just days after former Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) announced he would also retire before the end of the year. Already seven of the 49 Republican senators who started the 110th Congress won't be running for re-election. The latest news has opened an important leadership position for the Republican party in the Senate, a position they hope to fill on December 6.
Lott had been a steady ally of AGC and had accumulated an 86 percent AGC Vote Record over his 34 years in Congress, 24 years as a Senator and 10 as a Representative from Mississippi.
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