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House Approves Rescue and Restructure Package for Auto Industry
December 10 , 2008

WASHINGTON, DC—“The bridge loans provided under this package come with significant taxpayer protections and accountability to the American people. The auto industry has a choice—restructure and modernize or fail. The auto industry's success will require everyone to participate in the process—executives, employees, unions, dealers, suppliers, creditors and shareholders must all make sacrifices and reform to save the industry.”

Massive Job Loss Underscores Need for Action
December 5 , 2008

WASHINGTON, DC—“The U.S. economy lost 533,000 jobs in November, the highest single-month job loss since December 1974.  Over the past three months alone, both major indices show that about 1.2 million workers have lost jobs.  The unemployment rate rose to 6.7 percent, while the underemployment rate jumped to 12.5 percent, the highest level in the history of the measure. 

Clyburn Praises Earl W. Stafford for $1 Million Gift
December 5 , 2008

WASHINGTON, DC—“I am extremely touched and inspired by Mr. Stafford’s extraordinary generosity. He is providing worthy Americans the opportunity to have a once in a lifetime experience to be a part of history. His commitment to restoring core American values by caring for the least of these is one that should be emulated. He has demonstrated the true meaning of giving back to the community and bolstered his belief that the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama should be ‘The People’s Inauguration.’”

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Clyburn Addresses More Than 500 Graduates from Tuskegee University During Commencement Exercises
May 11, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Graduates were addressed by Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), Majority Whip for the 110th Congress of the U.S. House of Representatives. The civil rights activist, politician and philanthropist, who has served the 16th District of South Carolina since 1993, is the second citizen of that state and the second black to be chosen for the third-ranking position in the House. Clyburn received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the event.

Democrats tour coast for Katrina's 2nd anniversary
August 12, 2007

NEW ORLEANS—House Majority Whip James Clyburn and a delegation of about 15 House Democrats arrived in New Orleans today for a tour of coastal Mississippi and New Orleans on the approach of the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Clyburn's Halls of History
June 18, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC—Not too far back, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) had reproductions made of the official House portraits of three pioneering Members — Joseph Rainey (R-S.C.), Romualdo Pacheco (R-Calif.) and Jeannette Rankin (R-Mont.), respectively the first black, Hispanic and female Representatives — for the halls of his Capitol leadership suite.“Those are reminders to people we are all standing on someone’s shoulders here,” says Clyburn, only the second black to rise to the No. 3 House leadership position.

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Floor Remarks

Clyburn Floor Remarks on the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Capital Financing Imrovement Act
November 13, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC— As a proud graduate of an HBCU, South Carolina State University, I understand the important role that HBCUs play in the development of our country.  It is essential that this Congressional body do all it can to support these institutions and the students that they serve. I requested the introduction of this bill, because many of the buildings and facilities at some of these fine colleges and universities are in deteriorating states.  This bill goes a long way towards making it possible for many of these schools to refurbish their infrastructure to better serve the needs of their faculties and student bodies.

Clyburn Floor Remarks on Second Chance Act
November 13, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC— If we are ever going to make progress in addressing the crime that is crippling our communities, we cannot give up on any human being.  Because it is not enough to say that we are just going to lock up every offender and throw away the key.  Such narrow-mindedness does nothing to prevent our vulnerable youth from being indefinitely trapped in our nation’s corrections system.  

Clyburn Floor Remarks on Water Resources Development Act
November 6, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC—“The importance of this bill are highlighted throughout my District and this country. Part of my District has been labeled by some as the corridor of shame, communities bisected by interstate I-95.  This region of South Carolina has some of the more serious health problems to be found anywhere in this country. 

Clyburn Floor Remarks on North Carolina Beach House Fire Resolution
November 6, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC—“America’s troops serve our country with honor and distinction.  The President disgraces their service by not adequately rewarding them for their heroic acts and brave deeds.  I urge this Administration to change course and join Congressional Democrats in supporting measures that properly acknowledge and compensate our veterans for the many sacrifices they make defending our freedoms.”

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Clyburn Statement on Black History Month
February 4, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –“The month of February provides all Americans with an excellent opportunity to celebrate the many worthwhile and invaluable contributions that African-Americans have made to the advancement of our diverse society. As the first African-American to represent South Carolina in the U.S. Congress since the 1890's, I fully appreciate and understand the vital importance of observing Black History Month.  And as a Member of the Congressional Leadership, I will continue to work with my colleagues in advancing a legislative agenda that benefits all people of all colors.”     

Clyburn Statement on 50th Anniversary of Little Rock Nine
September 25, 2007

Washington, D.C. –“As a civil rights activist in South Carolina and organizer of one of the first sit-ins in that state, the Little Rock Nine serve as able examples for us of what can be achieved when individuals take principled stands for fairness and equality.  Their struggle and selfless sacrifices demonstrate that insurmountable social ills can be defeated by altruistic acts and enduring deeds of valor.”  

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Clyburn Delivers Commencement Address to Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA
May 11, 2007

House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today delivered the commencement address to the historically black college, Southern University, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Clyburn, who has spearheaded efforts in the House of Representatives to speed up recovery assistance to the Gulf Coast, addressed the disparity in federal response to the region.

Hope for South Carolina's Future
April 10, 2007

We've been too busy in recent years erecting barriers among us, which are harmful to the long-range best interests of our state and country.  It's time we come together as South Carolinians and Americans. 

Clyburn Kicks Off Black History Month With Democratic Radio Address
February 3, 2007

“In the first 100 hours of the legislative session, we ushered through broad reform measures and a widely bipartisan legislative package that honored the promises we made during the campaign season.  It was not a Black agenda or Hispanic agenda.  It was not an Asian agenda or a middle-class agenda.  Yet it was all those agendas because it was an American agenda. 

Introduction of Judge Matthew J. Perry, Jr. Into the South Carolina Hall of Fame
January 8, 2007

Matthew Perry lived the inspirational words given to us by Maya Angelou.  Her beautiful imagery of a tapestry of equal threads is a reminder of the Constitution’s connecting thread that “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”  Whether arguing before the court or adjudicating from the bench, Matthew Perry weaves the common thread of equality.  Not a bad legacy for a young black boy, whose value early in life was seen as less than.  Today he is one of the shining threads that have created the rich fabric of this state, and it is my honor to present to you Judge Matthew J. Perry, Jr.

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