Orangeburg Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter attended the winter meeting of the Democratic National Committee meeting in snowbound Washington last week and over the weekend. Cobb-Hunter serves as a National Committee member from South Carolina, and also chairs the DNC Southern Caucus, consisting of Democratic leadership in 13 states.
U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schulz of Florida, the House Deputy Whip, addressed the Southern Caucus, on the Democrats’ current efforts to maintain its majority position in Congress.
Cobb-Hunter says Democrats are concerned over the lack of movement of their legislation in the Senate, particularly President Obama’s health care plan.
(Cobb-Hunter on DNC meeting MP3 3:40)
Cobb-Hunter on DNC meeting
President Obama gave a pep talk to the Democrats on Saturday, assuring them that despite setbacks he would continue to push his agenda, including health care. And the president said that Democrats must change how they work with Republicans. Obama said Republicans must be drawn into a public debate about the best way to address the nation’s long-term challenges.
Cobb-Hunter says U.S. Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama is holding hostage approximately 70 of President Obama’s federal nominees for a variety of positions. Cobb-Hunter says Senator Shelby’s actions remind her of what Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska did in the health care reform vote, voting for the package and receiving a special Medicaid deal for his state.
Cobb-Hunter says that they need Republicans to work better with them to address the nation’s challenges.