Congressman Jim Clyburn describes his new position as one that allows him to be more outspoken. After Democrats lost the House, he lost his post as House Majority Whip. When the party had to reassign roles, he negotiated a new post for himself as Assistant to the Minority Whip. Nancy Pelosi is Minority Leader and Steny Hoyer of Maryland is the Whip.
In a meeting with media, Clyburn says he was asked by some in Congress to stand against Nancy Pelosi for House Minority Leader, but he says he does not have the fundraising power that she does.
In other issues, South Carolina’s Congressional delegation is trying to find new ways to fund port deepening projects South Carolina, since Senator DeMint is blocking appropriations to states known as “earmarks.” The state is seeking money for port dredging that was to come in the form of an earmark.
Clyburn has been meeting with the White House and meets next week with the Office of Management and Budget. He says he will find a way to fix the funding problems at both Charleston and Georgetown because he is “committed” to doing Georgetown and “interested” in doing Charleston. Clyburn says Georgetown must be deepened because:
I think it’s a bigger job creator than even Charleston is, that could very well be. If you look at the arteries going from Geoertwon back out to (Interstate) 95 to get to I-20, where trucks go up and down. And I do want to see the concept of inland ports and distribution centers being developed.
The push for port dredging because the Panama Canal is being widened, sending more ships to the East Coast.