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Issa adds to record-breaking number of Republican retirements ahead of midterms

Issa adds to record-breaking number of Republican retirements ahead of midtermsā€¯

"The reality is that America is better for the previous year of this administration and this Congress", Issa said.

As NPR's Jessica Taylor reported, there are now 31 Republicans not seeking re-election in 2018.

Harkey also said that throughout her political career, "I've been able to work successfully across the aisle". She urged making it easier to cast an absentee ballot and ending gerrymandering, in which a party in power redraws legislative districts to ensure its candidates a better chance of winning.

But Tanya Johnson, also a retired teacher, said she would be disappointed to see Issa leave, crediting him with keeping an open door for constituents.

Issa would have been defending a district where demographics have shifted during his time in office, mirroring California's Democratic tilt.

In its quadrennial report on US infrastructure in 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave the country a "D" or failing grade for the state of its bridges, roads, dams, drinking water, ports, airports, railways and school buildings.

National Republicans said they weren't giving up on retaining the two California seats.

Royce won reelection by 14 points even though Clinton carried his district by almost 9 points, compared to Issa's razor-thin margin.

As of the most recent reports, Issa had the most money, $852,000 remaining out of the $1.2 million he has raised.

Darrell Issa, the Republican who investigated some of the biggest scandals of the Obama presidency, is retiring from Congress at the end of this term, he announced Wednesday. While some GOP operatives were anxious Royce might not be ready to shake off the rust in the district, he was sitting on a campaign war chest of nearly $3.5 million - a major sum in an expensive media market. "When he was first elected it was a complete turnaround..."

Officials from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee immediately released a statement cheering Issa's decision as a victory for California's 49th District and the country as a whole. "We need to make sure college students are not kicked off voter rolls when they renew their licenses at 20 and 21 years old". "From Sacramento to Washington, we've enacted critical reforms to combat the modern day slavery of human trafficking", he added. And with great persistence, we've helped shut down the global ivory trade to save the world's most majestic animals and deny vital funding to terrorist groups and criminal networks.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-California, presides over a markup of a bill to expand sanctions against Iran with respect to its ballistic missile program, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 12, 2017.

Issa, who has been in office for 18 years, said: "While my service to California's 49th District will be coming to an end, I will continue advocating on behalf of the causes that are most important to me ..."



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