Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo’s effort to craft a bipartisan solution to the U.S. debt crisis took something of a blow with the announcement that Nebraska Republican Mike Johanns will retire after completing just one six-year Senate term.
Crapo credited Johanns for “real leadership” and said he looks forward to progress in the 22 months left in the 113th Congress.
The Johanns announcement Monday was a surprise, making him the fifth senator to announce retirement after this Congress ends in January 2015.
Issued late Monday, Crapo’s statement follows:
(Boise) Idaho Senator Mike Crapo released the following statement after Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns announced that he will retire in January of 2015:
“Mike has made a major focus of his service in the Senate helping us craft a solution to our national debt crisis. Through our work in the bipartisan Gang of Eight, Mike showed real leadership in working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle in an effort to craft a plan to cut spending, reform the tax code and start getting the debt under control.
“Senator Johanns’ work ethic and insight will be missed in the future, but I look forward to all we can accomplish during the remainder of the 113th Congress. I thank Mike for his long record of public service to Nebraska, and the country, and wish him all the best in the future.”