Texas Diem says internal disagreement among Democrats over spending bill contributed to retirement decision

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Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, 85 years Texas DemocratMs., who recently announced that she will not seek re-election, said in an interview that internal bipartisan disagreement over President Biden’s social spending bill contributed to her decision.

Johnson told CBS DFW on Tuesday that the decision was not easy and that some leaders are asking her to reconsider. But she did tell the station she’s growing up, and also pointed to the row over President Biden’s social spending bill.

“You begin to wonder why when you get to a point where our party isn’t together as you’d like it to be, as if you’ve passed by,” She said. Her office did not immediately respond to an email hours later from Fox News.

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Her decision not to run for re-election prompted representatives from both sides of the aisle to praise her service. Representative Frank D. Lucas, a Republican from Oklahoma, served with her on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

The Washington Post reported that he issued a statement saying that no one “would rather be like my peer across the aisle.”

He described her as a “real public servant” who cares deeply about supporting science in the United States

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

House Science, Space, and Technology Chair Eddie Bernice Johnson delivers remarks during an event honoring

House Science, Space, and Technology Chair Eddie Bernice Johnson receives remarks during an event honoring NASA’s “Hidden Figures,” the African-American female mathematicians who aided the United States’ space program in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somophila/Getty Images)

Johnson is a political figure in her hometown of Dallas who, early in her career, became the first black woman to serve the city in the state Senate since Reconstruction.

Johnson on Wednesday endorsed Democratic state Representative Jasmine Crockett for her seat just days after she announced her intention to retire.

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Crockett, the first-term state congresswoman, made headlines in July as part of a group of Texas lawmakers who fled to Washington, D.C., in an effort to block a vote on the state’s Republican Election Integrity bill, which eventually passed and was signed into law. In law in September.

Jessica Chasmar of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report

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