Clyburn Rejects Obama’s State’s Rights Approach on Marriage Equality

By: Monday May 14, 2012 12:54 pm

A positive side effect of Barack Obama’s shift on marriage equality, aside from revealing Andrew Sullivan’s daddy fixation, is that it has forced a good bit of the Democratic establishment to come off the fence and to support equality themselves. Since the announcement last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer [...]

Clyburn Shows Cracks in Democratic Position on Payroll Tax, Trigger Cuts

By: Tuesday November 29, 2011 1:03 pm

The only way I can see the payroll tax cut getting extended is if the Democrats remain unified and not fall for some Republican counter-offer that would split their coalition. Right now, they’re standing firm on a tax cut for the working class in exchange for a surtax on millionaires. It’s a good political position. [...]

House Democrats Sharply Critical of Super Committee Grand Bargain Offer

By: Thursday October 27, 2011 7:36 am

The Democratic offer of a “grand bargain” on the deficit, including Medicare benefit reductions, was soundly rejected yesterday by Republicans. The GOP members of the catfood commission offered their own plan, which predictably consisted of all spending cuts. We’re on a path to gridlock, because Republicans just won’t agree to tax increases. However, the points [...]

Clyburn: Raising Social Security Retirement Age “Not Shared Sacrifice”

By: Friday August 26, 2011 6:30 am

James Clyburn (D-SC), a member of the Catfood Commission II, rejected increasing the Social Security retirement age yesterday, calling it an idea devised by “people who work in air conditioned offices” and unnecessarily punitive to laborers. This is a reversal for Clyburn. Last year he joined Steny Hoyer in floating an increase in the retirement [...]

Republicans Not Enamored of Buffett’s Progressive Taxation Plea

By: Wednesday August 17, 2011 8:10 am

You’ll be shocked to know that Republicans didn’t think much of Warren Buffett’s appeal for tax fairness and a more progressive system. Republicans blasted back at Warren Buffett after the billionaire investor argued in a newspaper opinion piece that the mega-rich in the U.S. are “coddled” by the tax code. “For tax-raising advocates like Warren [...]

Pelosi Rounds Out Super Congress with Leadership Selections

By: Thursday August 11, 2011 10:15 am

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made her selections for the Super Congress with the choices of Nancy Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi, and Nancy Pelosi. My appointees: @Clyburn @RepBecerra @ChrisVanHollen They’ll focus on economic growth & job creation–which reduces deficit Jim Clyburn is number three in the leadership. Chris Van Hollen is the ranking member on the [...]

House Dems: Use the 14th Amendment and Get This Over With

By: Wednesday July 27, 2011 11:34 am

House Democrats have been largely silenced in the debt limit debate. They’re the minority in a majoritarian body, so that’s somewhat natural. But seeing that the numbers are so close for any plan in the House that Democrats could hold the margin of victory, it’s a little curious. Now, House Democrats are responding to that [...]

Clyburn: No Medicare Benefit Cuts as Part of Any Deficit Deal

By: Friday May 27, 2011 1:13 pm

Now that Mitch McConnell has thrown down the gauntlet and demanded a cut to Medicare as a condition for an increase in the debt limit, Democrats have the choice of negotiating with hostage-takers, or holding firm and allowing the pressure to build on their opponents. All of the leading contributors to the GOP don’t want [...]

Specifics in Debt Limit Deal Pretty Minor

By: Monday May 16, 2011 11:37 am

The Biden debt limit talks seem to be moving toward some specifics, based on published reports. They are in line with what Eric Cantor offered a couple weeks ago when he essentially gave up on moving Medicare in the direction of the Ryan budget. People familiar with the negotiations led by Mr. Biden say they [...]

Deal Avoids Divisive Clyburn-Hoyer Minority Whip Fight

By: Sunday November 14, 2010 4:45 pm

So Nancy Pelosi managed to get a deal whereby James Clyburn and Steny Hoyer stay in the House Democratic leadership, without displacing any other junior member. Hoyer would get the Number 2 position of Minority Whip, while Clyburn would get some other as-yet-undescribed Number 3 spot. In essence, the House Democrats added one chair to [...]

Dem Leaders Jockey for Power Amidst Bickering

By: Wednesday November 10, 2010 9:44 am

George Miller, who’s probably the member of Congress best equipped to speak for Nancy Pelosi at this point, wants to see Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn in the leadership come next year. These are two very talented, very competent — I love them both in leadership,” Miller said. “They’re working it themselves. They have decisions [...]

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