House Speaker Mike Johnson on February 1, 2024 Credit: Creative Commons

The wave of retirement announcements and sudden resignations by members of the 118th Congress may soon be spreading to lawmakers’ staff as well.

Senior-level aides on both sides of the aisle are becoming increasingly frustrated with the ossified, hyper-partisan climate in Washington, DC, according to a Washington Post analysis. The Post’s Paul Kane attributed staffers’ disgust with working on Congress to not just “pandemic fallout, ranging from partisan battles over mask mandates to the long closure of the buildings to the public,” but also “the ongoing toxicity since the January 2021 attack on the Capitol.”

“Congress is broken,” the nonprofit Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) stated in its 2024 “State of the Congress” report. The report noted that nearly half of senior aides in both chambers of Congress are considering leaving their jobs because of “heated rhetoric from the other party.”

“Only 12% of Democrats and 31% of Republicans agreed that ‘Congress is currently functioning as […]

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