Jul 31, 2019

GOP Rep. Mike Conaway to retire from Congress

House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Conaway. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) won't seek re-election next year, Politico reported Tuesday, citing multiple GOP sources.

Why it matters: This is the 5th retirement of a GOP lawmaker in 2 weeks, as Politico journalist Jake Sherman notes. Conaway had served in Congress for 15 years.

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Rep. Kenny Marchant becomes 4th Texas Republican to announce retirement

Kenny Marchant during a House Ways and Means Committee meeting. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas) announced Monday he will not seek re-election in 2020, becoming the fourth Texas Republican House member to announce retirement in recent weeks, the New York Times first reported.

Why it matters: Texas, which holds 38 electoral college votes, is increasingly becoming more competitive for Democrats in both presidential and congressional elections. Marchant won re-election in Texas' 24th district in November by just 3 points and is now the 12th House Republican retiring at the end of their term. Only 3 House Democrats have announced they aren't running in 2020.

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Will Hurd, the only black GOP representative, announces retirement

Hurd listens to testimony about 'deepfakes' on June 13, 2019. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Tex.) announced on Thursday that he will not seek reelection in his swing district.

Why it matters: Hurd is the only black Republican in the House, and the third Texas Republican to retire this week. He has been known to occasionally criticize President Trump, most recently over the president's racist tweets against 4 Democratic congresswomen of color, per the Washington Post.

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President Trump may announce health plan in September

President Trump. Photo: Andrew Spear/Getty Images

The Trump administration is eyeing a September rollout of its health care plan, although the plan hasn't been finalized and some administration officials worry it could open up the president to attacks from Democrats, the WSJ reports.

State of play: The White House is considering a September speech that would seek to provide an alternative to Medicare for All and show that the administration has a plan in case the ACA is killed in court, which it supports. It's still unclear how specific the administration's plan would be.

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