Senate Republicans

More Republicans than Democrats leaving Congress before 2020 election

James Sensenbrenner (left) and Lamar Alexander (right) speaking.
Jim Sensenbrenner (left) and Lamar Alexander. Photos: (Left) Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images; Tasos Katopodis/Getty images

More Republicans than Democrats are exiting Congress in the lead up to the 2020 elections. 14 GOP representatives and 4 senators are retiring without bids for higher office, compared to 1 Senate and 3 House Democrats.

Why it matters: Congressional retirements provide a gauge of the political landscape before an election and may signal that some GOP candidates lack confidence that their party can retake control of the House, per The Atlantic.

GOP splits on retaliating against Iran over Saudi oil strikes

Senators Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham in the Oval Office
Sens. Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham. Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said President Trump should consider attacking Iranian oil refineries in retaliation for the drone strikes on Saudi oil plants, while Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said direct U.S. intervention would be "a grave mistake," per Bloomberg.

The big picture: Opinions on U.S. involvement are split since the attack against Saudi Arabia didn't occur on U.S. soil, endanger American lives or happen in a country that is a partner in a defense treaty with the U.S.