Black Caucus satisfied with Clyburn's role

A variety of new faces showed up for the first day of the "lame duck" session in Congress.
By Krissah Thompson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 17, 2010; 11:19 AM

After a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, representatives of the Congressional Black Caucus indicated that they are inclined to support her plan to maintain her position.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said he is satisfied that Minority Whip James E. Clyburn (S.C.), who will take the title "assistant leader" when Democrats become the minority in the next Congress, will continue to play a substantive role in the party's leadership.

Describing Clyburn's job, Cleaver said "this is not a black position. Jim Clyburn is not put in this position to represent the CBC."

Clyburn will work on issues related to appropriations, Cleaver said in an interview with reporters posted on the Crew of 42 blog, which covers the black caucus.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), chairman of the CBC, had said she wanted to wait and see what Clyburn's portfolio would include. She nodded as Cleaver spoke and said Clyburn would bring "diversity" to the Democratic leadership.

"Jim Clyburn is being given the latitude to make this into what he wants it to be," Cleaver said.

Over the past several days, Clyburn - a veteran congressman and member of the CBC - had encouraged members of the black caucus to support Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is expected to retain leadership of the party when it becomes the minority.

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