As the debate on the budget continues to resemble a dogfight on Capitol Hill, the clock is ticking on a shutdown of the U.S. Government Friday. The lone South Carolina Democrat in the U.S. House, 6th District Congressman James Clyburn, says he is not optimistic about a compromise being hammered out at the eleventh hour.
Appearing on MSNBC Wednesday, Clyburn says House Speaker John Boehner is trying to find 218 votes for a compromise exclusively from the Republican conference instead of seeking support from Democrats. Clyburn says Boehner is not likely to find those votes because of the attitude of many of the freshmen GOP members.
Critics of President Obama says he is not taking a leadership role in shepherding members of Congress toward a compromise. Clyburn disagrees. He says the President called Congressional leaders to the White House Tuesday and is calling them back Wednesday for more substantive talks.