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Rep. Miller, Close Obamacare Ally, To Retire

Rep. George Miller will retire at the end of his term, he announced Monday. The California Democrat is a close ally of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the health law.

The New York Times: California Democrat To Retire From House
Representative George Miller, Democrat of California, announced Monday that he would retire at the end of his term, after 40 years in Congress. … “Now, I look forward to one last year in Congress fighting the good fight," Mr. Miller said in a statement on Monday. He added that he had a “tall agenda” remaining as he serves out his 20th term. He hopes to extend long-term unemployment insurance benefits; raise the minimum wage to at least $10.10 per hour by 2016; further carry out President Obama’s signature health care law, and push through a broad overhaul of immigration laws -- all key Democratic goals for the coming session (Parker, 1/13).

Los Angeles Times: San Francisco Area Rep. George Miller To Retire From Congress
Rep. George Miller, a San Francisco Bay area liberal and dean of the California congressional delegation, announced Monday that he will retire when his term ends, closing a 40-year career on Capitol Hill. The veteran Democrat’s departure will leave just one lawmaker, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Los Angeles), in the House who was elected in the Watergate class of 1974 to serve continuously in the chamber since then. Also, Miller's retirement will further shake up the state’s 53-member delegation that underwent a large turnover in 2012 due to a spate of retirements and defeats (Simon, 1/13).

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