Sixth District Congressman Jim Clyburn made the rounds with media outlets Monday to discuss his selection as a member of the congressional “super committee,” which is tasked with finding ways to trim $1.5 trillion off the federal government’s deficit.
Clyburn appeared on MSNBC Monday morning and said defense spending may be something most Democrats may go after, when looking for cuts, but says he has no intention to do so.
Clyburn said, “I got to take care of my hometown of Sumter where it’s headquarters for the Ninth Air Force and the Third Army; here in Columbia, Ft. Jackson; Charleston Air Force Base; Parris Island.” Clyburn added, “I’m going to be there to try to make sure that we keep those military installations very viable. So, I’ve got a double interest in making sure we get those done.”
The 12-member panel must turn in its recommendations for additional spending cuts by Thanksgiving or risk triggering an automatic reduction to federal agencies and defense programs.
Just last week when he was appointed to the committee, Clyburn listed waste in defense spending and costs that need to be addressed.
AUDIO: Clyburn talks about cuts to wasteful spending in defense (1:32)