GOP senator floats retiring over gridlock

Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisKey GOP senator says ‘no question’ Russia is meddling in U.S. affairs GOP Senator: 'Very inappropriate' for Trump to discuss allowing Russia to question US citizens Anti-Trump protesters hold candlelight vigil by White House MORE warned Wednesday that he could retire instead of running for reelection if Congress isn't able to pass bipartisan measures like a wide-ranging criminal justice bill.  

“I don’t run again until 2020, and if we’re not able to get things like this done, I don’t have any intention of coming back," the North Carolina Republican said during a juvenile justice forum, according to McClatchy. 
 
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Pressed after the forum if he was serious about his threat to retire, Tillis said, “I came here to get things done.”
 
Tillis joined the Senate in 2015 after defeating Democrat Sen. Kay HaganKay Ruthven Hagan2020 Dems compete for top campaign operatives Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Politics is purple in North Carolina MORE. Republicans are currently expected to defend nearly two dozen seats in the 2020 elections.
 
Tillis supported the bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which would reduce minimum sentences for some non-violent drug offenders while increasing mandatory minimums in other areas. 
 
The bill passed out of the Judiciary Committee last year, leading supporters to speculate it could pass this year. But the measure isn't expected to pass before Congress leaves town in mid-December after it was stalled amid infighting among Republicans. 
  
“It is time to tell the far-left and the far-right to get productive or get out of the way because we need to solve this problem," Tillis said at the forum.