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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.’”

Clyburn on Obama Security Team
December 1 , 2008

WASHINGTON, DC—House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today commented on the announcement of President-elect Barack Obama’s security team: Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense, Eric Holder as Attorney General, Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Susan Rice as Ambassador to the United Nations and General Jim Jones as National Security Adviser.

Clyburn on Economic Team
November 24, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC—House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today commented on the announcement of President-elect Barack Obama’s economic team.

Clyburn on Passage of Extended Unemployment Insurance Benefits
November 21, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC— “I’m pleased the President finally recognized the jobs crisis in America.  It is critical that we support those who are looking for work during these tough economic times.  This is an important step towards stabilizing our economy, but it’s not the last.  Congress must act in the upcoming months to provide an economic stimulus package that will create jobs, provide real tax relief to middle-income Americans, and invest in our nation’s aging transportation infrastructure.”

Clyburn Shares Congratulations and Thanks With Reps. Dingell and Waxman
November 21, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC—House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today thanked U.S. Rep. John Dingell for his distinguished leadership on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and congratulated U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman on his election to the Chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the 111th Congress. 

Congressional Leadership Calls for Plan from Auto Industry
November 20, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC—Congressional Leaders today responded to the auto industry financial crisis by calling on the “big three” auto companies to submit a plan for viability no later than December 2 for the Congress to review to lawmakers can act on an auto recovery plan the week of December 8.

Clyburn Re-elected Majority Whip for 111th Congress
November 18, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC—House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today was reelected by the House Democratic Caucus to serve as Majority Whip for the 111th Congress.  Clyburn will remain the highest ranking African American in Congress and the second African American to be elected to Majority Whip.  Members of the 111th Congress will be sworn in on January 6, 2009. 

Clyburn on Jobs Report
November 7, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC—House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today commented on the report released today by the Department of Labor which stated that the US economy lost 240,000 jobs in October bringing the total jobs lost in 2008 to 1.2 million.

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke Expresses Support for Economic Recovery Package
October 20, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today commented on remarks made by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke at a House Budget Committee Hearing in support of an economic recovery package.  Chairman Bernanke said, “Consideration of a fiscal package by the Congress at this juncture seems appropriate.”  Following are Clyburn’s remarks.

Clyburn on Passage of Economic Rescue Package
October 3, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.— “We are hopeful that this legislation will help businesses that are beginning to have trouble getting a line of credit to make payroll or to stock their shelves. I have received phone calls from state employees, city employees, and county employees, who are now telling me that they have seen their 401k’s lose 40 percent of their value. With swift action I am hopeful that this act will bring relief to our neighborhoods and communities struggling with a tenuous credit market and a staggering economy."

Clyburn on Economic Rescue Package
September 29 , 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.— “After lengthy bipartisan negotiations, we came to the floor today with a piece of legislation that the members of our caucus decided was in the best interest of the country.  Sixty percent of them put aside their individual feelings, emotions, experiences, and voted for this bill.  Sixty seven percent of the Republican conference decided to put political ideology ahead of the best interest of our great nation.”

Clyburn Statement on Financial Rescue Package
September 23 , 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.—“At the eleventh hour, the President proposed a plan to stave off what has been described as certain disaster.  Our Committee Chairmen and other leaders are working around the clock on a bipartisan basis on a plan the President handed down on Saturday.  Our focus is to work quickly, yet protect the American taxpayers, insulate Main Street from the crisis on Wall Street and stabilize the economy.  I believe we are making progress on this package, and we will be ready to vote on legislation soon.”

Clyburn on Financial Crisis
September 19 , 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today commented on the ongoing meetings between Congressional leaders and Treasury Secretary Paulson, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, and Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Chris Cox to address the instability in the financial markets.

Clyburn Commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 , 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.— “Today begins the celebration Hispanic Heritage Month.  We celebrate the hard work, deep faith and closely-knit family traditions of the Hispanic community which have contributed to making America a better and stronger country.  Hispanic Americans are an integral part of our nation’s progress and prosperity and their contributions span many sectors, from the military, to education, to government, to nonprofits, to business.”

Clyburn : Failed Republican Economic Policies are Coming Home to Roost
September 15 , 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.— “Americans woke up this morning to find that eight years of weakened regulation of the financial industry and failed economic policies of Republicans and the Bush administration are coming home to roost, but the architects of this catastrophe remain deaf to the economic struggles of the American people.  Americans are struggling under record job loss, a housing foreclosure crisis, the high cost of health care, food and energy and Republicans remain out of touch— President Bush called the financial crisis on Wall Street an ‘adjustment’ and Senator McCain said this morning that ‘the fundamentals of our economy are strong.’  That’s just the kind of laissez faire attitude that got us into the predicament we’re in.”

Clyburn on Comprehensive Energy Bill for the 21st Century
September 12 , 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.—“This week the Democratic Caucus produced a home-grown, American-owned energy policy for the 21st century.  This is the legislation America has been waiting for, laying out a smorgasbord of resources to address our energy challenges—it protects taxpayers and addresses high gas prices; expands domestic drilling offshore and on land; expands renewable sources of energy; reduces our dependence on foreign oil and strengthens our national security; requires Big Oil to pay what it owes American taxpayers and ends subsidies to Big Oil, denying them the ability to double-dip; and, most importantly, creates good paying jobs here at home.”

Clyburn on Seventh Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks
September 11 , 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.—“Today we also resolve to honor the memories of those we lost on 9/11 through public service—by getting more involved in our communities, volunteering and reaching out a hand to those in need.  Because it is only by working together that we will make this great nation a more perfect union.”

Clyburn on Third Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
August 29, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.— “When we visited this July, our third trip to the region to mark the anniversary, we saw the hope and the future of the region and we recommitted ourselves to a partnership for the future.  Since the trip, the president agreed to extend the cost-share requirements relieving the financial burden on levee rebuilding and coastal protection.  We will continue to push for an investigation into the failure of the government.  And we are committed to providing continued assistance for needs in health care, education, housing, infrastructure and more.”

Clyburn on the Passing of Stephanie Tubbs Jones
August 20, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.— “Whether you were a presidential candidate, a colleague debating on the floor or a friend passing time, you wanted her on your team for her quick legal mind, tenacious debating skills, her infectious humor and that thousand watt smile.  My heart is heavy.  She was larger than life and we will all greatly miss the Gentlewoman from Cleveland.  My prayers are with her family, friends and staff.”

Clyburn Congratulates Alpha Kappa Alpha on Centennial Anniversary
August 8, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.— “Since its inception in 1908, the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority has breached socioeconomic and racial barriers and provided opportunities for African American women unavailable to minorities in the early 20th century. As the oldest Greek-letter organization founded by college-educated African American women, Alpha Kappa Alpha has demonstrated its commitment to leadership, community service, and the professional development of thousands of female entrepreneurs.”  

Louisiana Levee Cost-Share Extended
August 8, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today was pleased to see the President respond to calls from him and his congressional colleagues to extend the payment deadline for Louisiana’s share of levee construction.  Clyburn led a delegation of House members to the Gulf Coast from July 19-22, which called on the President to extend the time to 30 years for the state to repay $1.8 billion, its share of the hurricane protection.

Republican 'Drill Only' Plan Doesn't Bring Down Gas Prices
August 6, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.—“Before we adjourned, Republicans blocked several bills that would have done something to address high gas prices in the near-term—drawing down oil from the nation’s own stockpile, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve; curbing speculation in the energy markets; expanding drilling in Alaska; and ‘Use it or Lose it,’ legislation requiring energy companies to use the 68 million acres of taxpayer-owned land for which they already have drilling permits or allow others to drill on them. Furthermore, they’ve stood against legislation to crack down on price gouging, invest in renewable energy, establish the first new vehicle efficiency standards in 32 years, and repeal taxpayer subsidies for major oil companies that are making record profits."

Clyburn on Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change
July 29, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today released the following statement on the establishment of the Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change (CEAC).  Clyburn participated in a press conference today with the Joint Center on Political and Economic Studies to announce the establishment of the CEAC.

Clyburn on the 60th Anniversary of the Integration of the Armed Forces
July 23, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC — House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today participated in a U.S. Capitol Rotunda ceremony to commemorate President Truman’s executive order signed 60 years ago that marked the beginning of racial integration in the Armed Services.  Other participants in the ceremony were House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader John Boehner, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell, and two distinguished members of the 370th Regiment, 92nd Infantry (Buffalo) Division, Captain Spencer C. Moore and Sergeant A. William Perry.

Delivering Results for the Gulf Coast | Continuing A New Direction
July 20, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC —“We’ve heard about the needs in housing, health care, infrastructure, education, small business, criminal justice and insurance reform.  And once again, we’re committed to providing additional federal assistance in these areas.  We’re committed to relieving any excessive financial burden on Gulf Coast recovery like state cost-share and federal regulatory responsibilities.  And we will work on legislation to investigate the failure of the federal government to respond to this disaster."

Clyburn to Lead Congressional Delegation to Gulf Coast this Weekend
July 16, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC—House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today announced that he will be leading a congressional delegation which includes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to the Gulf Coast region to mark the three-year anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  The trip will run from July 19-22, with events and meetings scheduled in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana as well as Waveland and Bay St. Louis Mississippi that focus on the issues of housing, health care, education, infrastructure, public safety and more.  Clyburn is a leading voice in Congress on Gulf Coast recovery issues and this is the third consecutive year he will be leading a trip to the region. 

Clyburn Supports Drilling
July 14, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In Response to a Presidential Executive Order lifting the ban on offshore oil drilling, House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today called on the energy industry to tap the 68 million acres of public land onshore and offshore currently open and available for energy production in the United States in order to combat supply shortfalls and high energy prices.  Clyburn also renewed his call for President Bush to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve—an action taken at least three times by past presidents.

Clyburn Calls on President to Release Oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve
July 10, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today joined his colleagues in calling for President Bush to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve—an action taken at least three times by past presidents to combat supply shortfalls and high energy prices.  Clyburn also encouraged domestic oil and gas production on the more than 80 million acres of public land onshore and offshore currently open and available for energy production in America.

Clyburn Statement on Passage of Emergency Supplemental Bill
June 19, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – "Today the Democratic-led Congress has demonstrated a commitment to providing a bright future for our troops when they come home.  I am especially proud of a provision in this legislation to provide a full four-year scholarship to all veterans under a new GI Bill.  Our military service members and their families make significant sacrifices to protect the freedoms we all enjoy. The very least we can do is provide them resources for higher education and opportunities for a great future. Furthermore, as Democrats continue to push for a New Direction in Iraq, I believe it is important to provide the troops with the resources they need while they are in harms way." 

Clyburn on FISA Agreement
June 19, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “The New Direction Congress has been vigilant in securing our homeland and strengthening our counter-terrorist capabilities.  Almost immediately after taking office, Democrats in the House of Representatives began working to pass legislation that would modernize FISA and respond to the needs of the intelligence community.   Since then, the House has taken up and passed multiple bills that would have accomplished those ends, but they met with opposition from Republicans and the Administration.  Democrats in the House and Senate responded to these concerns by reaching out and working in a bipartisan manner to produce compromise legislation that would pass both the House and Senate and be signed into law. 

House Republicans Block Critical Unemployment Assistance
June 11, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Unemployment in May reached 5.5 percent, up from 5 percent in April, marking the largest one-month spike in 22 years.  And with Americans paying record high prices for gas and groceries, it is of the utmost necessity that we continue to provide immediate and viable assistance to those out of work Americans aggressively seeking employment.  We will revisit this legislation tomorrow to provide assistance to American families and the American economy.” 

Clyburn on Emergency Funding for New Orleans Levees
June 6, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today released the following statement regarding funding under consideration to strengthen levees in New Orleans.  The funding is being considered for inclusion in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008.  “Since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the region, House Democrats committed to helping rebuild the Gulf Coast and have consistently lived up to those commitments.  Last summer when we returned to the region, I was proud to report that we had delivered on our promises by providing $6.4 billion for education, infrastructure, health care, housing, public safety and more.  Four months later, we provided $3 billion to help complete the shortfall in funding for the Road Home program. 

Congressional Budget Returns Fiscal House to Balance
June 5, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today released the following statement regarding House passage of the conference report for the Concurrent Budget Resolution for fiscal year 2009. “Today, the New Direction Congress passed a budget resolution that is fiscally responsible, financially transparent, and economically sound.  Most important, it reflects the needs of the American people and returns our budget to balance in five years. 

House Approves School Construction Bill for the 21st Century
June 4, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “H.R. 3021 authorizes $6.4 billion for school construction projects for school modernization, renovation, and repair initiatives that will enhance teaching and learning in schools all across the country.  This worthwhile bill also authorizes $500 million over five years for public schools in the Gulf Coast region that were damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

House Approves Legislation to Strengthen our Military and Support our Troops
May 22, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “H.R. 5658 holds the Bush Administration and Iraqi government more accountable by requiring Iraqis to shoulder more of the burden to rebuild and secure their nation.  Furthermore, this comprehensive authorization package provides immediate assistance to our armed services personnel and their families by prohibiting fee increases in the military’s TRICARE health services program." 

Clyburn Hails Passage of Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act
May 21, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Today, the New Direction Congress continued its work on behalf of Americans who are struggling to pay high gas prices and make ends meet by passing a comprehensive tax incentive package that will lower our nation’s dependence on foreign energy resources and extend tax breaks to hardworking American families."

Clyburn Celebrates LBJ Centennial
May 21, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “President Johnson will be remembered by generations of politicians, historians, scholars and Americans as one of our nation’s most tenured, successful, and capable public officials.  His unconditional zeal for wanting to help the poor, assist the disadvantaged, and uplift the downtrodden will also cement his legacy as one of our nation’s most compassionate and caring public servants.”    

Clyburn Statement on Senator Kennedy
May 20, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today released the following statement in response to news reports that Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy of Massachusetts has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.

House Armed Services Committee Approves Senior Military Officer Diversity Commission; Increases Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Units
May 15, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) today approved two amendments in the defense authorization bill to increase diversity representation within the senior officer corps of the U.S. Armed Forces, and expand Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Units. Once enacted, the newly established Senior Military Diversity Commission will be mandated to study policies that provide opportunities for the advancement of minority members of the Armed Forces.  Special emphasis will be placed on developing and maintaining a diverse leadership at the general and flag officer positions.  A copy of the amendment is attached.

Clyburn Statement on Emergency War Funding Vote
May 15, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today released the following statement after House passage of the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008. The legislation consisted of three amendments: the first providing funding for the war; the second, conditions on the war funding; and the third, funding for domestic priorities, including veterans education assistance, Gulf Coast recovery funds and an unemployment benefit extension.  A majority of Republicans voted “present” on the first amendment, defeating its passage.

House Approves Farm Bill With Veto-Proof Majority
May 14, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Veto-proof passage of the Farm Bill Conference Report sends a clear and resounding message that the New Direction Congress remains strongly committed to helping our nation’s farmers, investing in alternative energy resources, and preserving our pristine natural environment.  The Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act is a bipartisan bill that will move our nation’s agriculture, energy, and environmental policies in a New Direction."

House Approves Legislation to Lower Gas Prices
May 13, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – "H.R. 6022 will lower prices at the gas pump by temporarily suspending the fill of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) until the end of the year.  The SPR is 97 percent full, the highest level ever, with enough oil to meet our national security needs.  Filling of the SPR takes thousands of barrels of oil off the market each day. A temporary suspension could reduce gas prices from 5 to 24 cents a gallon."

Legislation Approved to Stabilize Housing Market, Strengthen Economy
May 8, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –H.R. 5818 establishes a $15 billion loan and grant program for the purchase and rehabilitation of owner-vacated, foreclosed homes.  Furthermore, H.R. 3221 will modernize the Federal Housing Authority, provide crucial liquidity to our mortgage markets and strengthen our housing regulatory procedures.  The centerpiece of the legislation helps families at risk of foreclosure refinance into lower-cost government-insured mortgages they can manage.  These measures, which have bipartisan support, will begin to repair our economy and restore confidence in our housing markets.

Clyburn on Job Loss Report
May 2, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Recovery Rebate Checks are beginning to arrive in mail boxes and bank accounts, and Democrats are fighting for a second stimulus package that invests in a summer jobs program, rebuilding infrastructure to create more jobs and extending much-needed unemployment benefits.  Democrats will also begin comprehensively addressing the housing and mortgage crisis next week with legislation to stabilize the housing market, the national economy and American neighborhoods."

Clyburn Participates in Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony
May 1, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, ‘We are going to be made to repent in this generation not just for the vitriolic words and deeds of bad people, but for the appalling silence of good people.’  I pray that today and in the future, we will speak out and stand up against injustice, brutality and genocide wherever it exists. 

Dr. W.L. Birch of Florence, SC Delivers Opening Prayer in U.S. House of Representatives
April 29, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Whip and Congressman from South Carolina’s 6th Congressional District, James E. Clyburn today hosted Dr. William Lloyd Birch of Florence, SC, who delivered the opening prayer in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Attending the speech was Dr. Birch’s wife, Jean Birch, his daughter Lindy Birch, and the Kelly family from Clevedon, New Zealand.

Clyburn on Supreme Court Decision on Voter ID Law
April 28, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –“I am very disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision today.  All across the country, we are witnessing unprecedented voter turnout. Millions of Americans are becoming involved in the political process for the first time. The Supreme Court’s decision threatens to undermine this enthusiasm and disenfranchise voters.

Clyburn Statement on Earth Day
April 22, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –“To whom much is given, much is expected.  As we come together to celebrate Earth Day, we must also pause and reflect upon our responsibilities to the health and well-being of our environment.  We may share diverse backgrounds, faith traditions, and political ideologies, however, we are all working towards the same universal aim: the good and equitable stewardship of our planet and its inhabitants." 

Clyburn on 60th Anniversary of Israel
April 22, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –“On May 14, 1948, when the world was still struggling with the aftermath of the Holocaust, Israel declared itself a nation.  Eleven minutes later, President Harry Truman made the bold decision to make the United States of America the first country in the world to recognize Israel as a sovereign state.   That was the start of a strong allegiance between the United States and Israel — a close friendship that has grown and strengthened over the years, one that will never be broken." 

Clyburn Calls for Summer Jobs Program
April 16, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Senator Murray and I have introduced companion legislation to invest $1 billion to create one million summer jobs.  The Workforce Investment Act system is already in place in most cities and ready to implement this program.  It’s funding that will be quickly reinvested, to give the economy the jumpstart it needs.  We all know that if a teenager earns a $500 paycheck, it will be put right back into the economy by noon the next day.  As someone who ran the Neighborhood Youth Corps, I know that the work experiences provided to young people through this kind of program can be life-changing.  I applaud Senator Murray for her leadership in the Senate on this issue, and I thank Mayor Villaraigosa for his partnership on this measure.”

Clyburn Receives Great American Award from Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
April 9, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – By publicly recognizing individuals whose work embodies a lifelong commitment to improving the human condition, the Joint Center hopes that others will be encouraged to make the United States and the world a better place. Former recipients of the distinguished award have been U.S. Rep. Charles B. Rangel, Former President William Jefferson Clinton, Muhammad Ali, Vernon E. Jordan and Former President Jimmy Carter.

Clyburn on Petraeus and Crocker Testimony
April 9, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –“Beyond the 4,000 U.S. lives lost and over $500 billion spent on this campaign, the Iraqi War has badly damaged our military readiness.  Earlier this year Army Chief of Staff George Casey stated that the Iraq War is hurting the Army’s ability to sustain itself and plan for future contingencies.  A recent survey of military officers found that 88% of them thought that the war had stretched the military dangerously thin."

Clyburn Applauds Signing of Second Chance Act
April 9, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today released the following statement after President Bush signed into law the Second Chance Act. “I believe that in life, we all deserve a second chance, and I thank the President Bush for his partnership in making this vision a reality. The Second Chance Act is a landmark step towards restoring hope to those people who have made mistakes in their lives and have paid their debt to society. 

Clyburn on President's Decision to Send Colombia FTA to Congress
April 8, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –“Last year, the House approved the 2008 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill which directs U.S. funds to help address the root of numerous problems in Colombia.  We must remain actively and positively engaged with Colombia.  However, there remains widespread concern in Congress about several issues in Colombia, including the level of violence against union members, civil society leaders and civilians.”  

Clyburn on March Job Loss
April 4, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –“Americans awoke this morning to more bad news on the economy.  The unemployment rate rose to 5.1 percent and the loss of 80,000 jobs in March is much worse than expected.  The Bush economy is taking its toll on the American people." 

Clyburn on Colombia Trade Deal
April 3, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –“The House has passed significant trade legislation during the 110th Congress, including a free trade agreement with Peru.  However, there remains widespread concern in Congress about several issues in Colombia, including the level of violence against union members, civil society leaders and civilians.  I hope the Administration would follow the established protocol of Congressional consultation before submitting a Colombia FTA.   Failure to do so would risk an adverse vote on the agreement."

Clyburn Honors the Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 3, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – "I first met Martin Luther King Jr on the afternoon of October 14, 1960. It was the same day that I met the Honorable John Lewis.  On that evening we all gathered in a room in one of the buildings at Morehouse College and we sat up with Dr. King until around 4:00 AM the next morning.  When I left that meeting and finally retired to bed on that morning, I had internalized the philosophy of non-violence as a tactic for social change."

House Passes HIV-AIDS Legislation
April 2, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –“H.R. 5501 increases the authorization for U.S. contributions to the Global AIDS Fund from $1 billion to $2 billion.  This expansive humanitarian initiative also sets targets to prevent 12 million new HIV/AIDS infections and provide care for 12 million people living with HIV/AIDS, including 5 million orphans.  Furthermore, this legislation authorizes $9 billion in funding to combat tuberculosis and malaria.   

Clyburn Encourages President to Support Real Economic Reform
March 14, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “If our economy is going to rebound, it will require the President working with Congress on initiatives that build upon the foundation established by the Economic Stimulus package that was recently signed into law.  That means supporting proposals such as fully funding our Highway Trust Fund and creating a summer jobs program for young people and restoring our slumping housing market."

House Passes Key Anti-Terrorist Measure
March 14, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –“H.R. 3773 authorizes and provides our intelligence agencies with the resources they need to conduct surveillance operations against foreign terrorist networks and other transnational entities suspected of planning attacks that target our citizens and homeland.  This legislation also ensures proper oversight of the FISA warrantless surveillance program and preserves the privacy of all Americans by mandating that any inadvertent surveillance of U.S. citizens is dismissed." 

House Passes Fair and Balanced Budget Resolution
March 13, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –“Tax relief and job creation serve as economic centerpieces of this budget.  This resolution provides Alternative Minimum Tax Relief to over 20 million hardworking families and extends child tax credits to middle-income households.  Furthermore, this proposal will help to create jobs and stimulate our economy with substantial investments in our manufacturing sector and job training programs."

Clyburn Praises Our Troops for Their Patriotic Service
March 13, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today released the following statement regarding the five year anniversary of the commencement of the U.S.-led invasion into Iraq, which will be March 19, 2008.  Congressional leadership held a ceremony today in the Capitol Rotunda to mark the event. “The heroism and valor displayed by our men and women who have served our country in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the globe speak volumes about the noble character of our soldiers, pilots and sailors serving in harms way."

Clyburn Responds to President's Bush's Veto Threat of FISA Legislation
March 13, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –“The FISA legislation being debated in the House this week would upgrade our intelligence surveillance capabilities while at the same time protecting core constitutional freedoms that all Americans value and cherish.  Keeping America safe and defending the Constitution are goals I would hope the President could share with us. I encourage the President to stop the scare tactics and work with Congress on legislation that improves our national security and moves our country in a New Direction.”

Clyburn : What Do Republicans Have Against Volunteerism
March 12, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today released the following statement criticizing House Republicans for defeating the GIVE Act, HR 5563, legislation that promotes volunteerism and reauthorizes national service programs.“What demonstrates true American values more than volunteering?  What better way to give back to our country and community than engage in service work? When our cities and our towns are in crisis, how do we rebuild them and get our neighbors back on their feet?  With volunteers—people giving their time, their care, their resources to make our neighborhoods and our nation a better place.  I am truly confounded as to why my colleagues would divide on partisan lines and defeat a bill that strengthens and provides for our national service organizations."

New Direction Congress Passes Landmark Ethics Bill
March 11, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Today, the House passed a landmark bill that moves our country in a New Direction and significantly strengthens the ethics enforcement process, building trust with the American people in the House of Representatives. H.Res 895 creates an independent Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), whose primary mandate will be to carry out probes and refer allegations of unlawful activity made against Members of Congress to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.  This new independent organization will be led by a bipartisan, six-person panel whose membership will be jointly agreed to by both the Speaker of the House and the House Minority Leader." 

Clyburn on President's Veto of Anti-Torture Legislation
March 8, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Intelligence Reauthorization Act provides critical resources to the intelligence community to combat terrorism and protect our country. By vetoing the 2008 Intelligence Authorization Act because it extends the Army Field Manual’s ban of grotesque and inhumane torture practices, President Bush has failed to provide America with the moral and ethical leadership needed to strengthen our national security and improve our diplomatic relations.    

Clyburn Applauds Passage of Mental Health Parity Bill
March 5, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today released the following statement regarding passage of H.R. 1424, the Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Substance Addiction Equity Act. “H.R. 1424 will alleviate some of the financial hardships being endured by families coping with mental health or substance related disorders by mandating that health coverage providers do not charge higher fees for mental health and addiction care than they charge for other medical benefits.  This bill also authorizes the Department of Labor and Department of Health and Human Services to penalize group health plans who offer discriminatory or inflated fees for mental health coverage."      

Clyburn Urges Bush to Support Renewable Energy Legislation
March 5, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “The President has an opportunity to show true leadership by working with Congress to support meaningful legislation that will move our nation’s energy policies in a New Direction, end our dependence on foreign oil and bring relief to the millions of Americans immobilized by our nation’s rising prices at the gas pump.  The time has come for this President to end his rhetoric and support the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008 to aid working American families who are reeling from high energy costs.”     

Clyburn Rebukes President Bush's Fear Mongering Remarks
February 28, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –“President Bush and House Republicans must stop playing politics with the nation’s security and work with the Democratic Leadership on a FISA bill that safeguards our civil liberties, protects our homeland, and helps secure our borders.”  

House Approves Bill to Create Jobs, Invest in Renewable Energy
February 27, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today released the following statement regarding passage of H.R. 5351, the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008: “Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a fiscally responsible and environmentally conscious energy bill that seeks to reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil and aid those Americans struggling to pay high gas costs. H.R. 5351 comprehensively invests resources into our wind, solar, and geothermal energy systems.  Furthermore, this legislation extends tax credits to producers of cleaner burning bio-diesel and cellulosic alcohol based fuels." 

Clyburn Urges Bush to Listen to Army Generals
February 26, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Since the beginning of the Iraq War, many of our nation’s soldiers have been subjected to very lengthy and extremely burdensome combat tours.  And many of these brave men and women have been forced to stay in the Armed Services beyond their original retirement or re-enlistment dates.  The Bush Administration intends to keep a military presence in Iraq above pre-surge troop levels through the summer, going back on his word that the surge would be temporary.  Not only does this burden hinder the Army’s ability to respond to any additional future threat domestically or abroad, it puts extreme strain on American military families.

Clyburn Responds to President's Comments on FISA
February 15, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –“The President’s claim that continued Congressional deliberations on FISA will impair the ability of our intelligence community to track down terrorists and other individuals intent on doing us harm is faulty, misleading, and entirely incorrect. The expiration of the Protect America Act (PAA) will not impair the surveillance capabilities or counter-terrorist techniques currently being employed by members of our intelligence community.  Our intelligence community still has the authority and resources it needs to monitor current terrorist targets and rogue organizations who may pose future threats to our citizens and homeland." 

Bipartisan Economic Stimulus Package Signed Into Law
February 13, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –“The $170 billion bipartisan economic stimulus package, signed into law today, is a victory for the American worker and American families struggling with high energy bills, rising health care costs, and impending foreclosures. This stimulus package will put money back into the hands of those Americans who need it most by providing tax rebates to over 130 million working families, 20 million low-income seniors and 250,000 disabled veterans.  This legislation also provides incentives to small businesses in the form of write-offs to help create jobs."

Clyburn Pays Tribute to Congressman Tom Lantos
February 11, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today released the following statement regarding the passing of Congressman Tom Lantos, Chairman of the U.S. House Representatives Committee on Foreign Relations: “Tom Lantos was a great humanitarian and statesman who passionately advocated on behalf of the world’s poor and politically oppressed.  We are a better body for the principled leadership and insight he brought to the Congress for three decades.

Clyburn Hails Quick Passage of Economic Stimulus Bill
February 7, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today released the following statement regarding passage of the Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act of 2008.  The legislation will now be sent to the President to be signed into law. “I’m pleased my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the House and the Senate could come together and quickly approve a critical economic stimulus package that will provide timely, targeted, and temporary relief to those Americans overburdened by a struggling economy, high energy costs, rising health care payments, and crumbling housing markets.

House-Passed Bill Makes College More Affordable
February 7, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –“H.R. 4137 allows students to receive Pell Grants year round.  This bill also provides incentives to those colleges and universities that work to limit their tuition increases. As a proud graduate of South Carolina State University, a Historically Black University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, I am pleased to see that this legislation enhances the HBCU Capital Financing Program’s lending levels and eligibility criteria. And in light of the hardships suffered by those students who had their schools destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, this legislation establishes a program to help schools rebuild in the event of a natural disaster.  This education package also helps colleges implement enhanced campus safety and disaster readiness plans.” 

Clyburn Pays Homage to Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks
February 4, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “Rosa Parks was a courageous individual who, by refusing to give up her seat on a public transit bus over 50 years ago, took a stand for justice and brought international attention to the plight of minorities suffering under the reprehensible grips of Jim Crow and the segregationist practices prevalent in the 1950s. Several decades have passed since Mrs. Parks bravely disobeyed that Montgomery, Alabama city ordinance that subjected African-Americans and other communities of color to unjust and inhumane treatment.  However, her defiant stance against the evils of discrimination served as a catalyst for the civil rights movement and America is now a better country because of her efforts.” 

Bush's Budget Priorities Wrong for America
February 4, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. –“With our federal budget deficits expecting to reach near record levels in fiscal years 2008 and 2009, this Administration continues to irresponsibly advocate for permanent tax cuts for the super-rich while average hard working American families struggle to make ends meet.  With our current fiscal year debt likely to exceed $410 billion, this President prefers extending enhanced tax incentives to millionaires and billionaires rather than developing a fiscally inclusive budget that properly protects our homeland, upgrades our public health systems, and invest in our education systems. 

House Approves Economic Stimulus Package
January 29, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today spoke in favor of legislation approved by the House of Representatives to stimulate the US economy. The bill passed today provides a recovery rebate to 117 million families, including 35 million families who work but make too little to pay income taxes and 13 million senior citizens. The broad-based stimulus package will provide tax relief of up to $600 per individual and $1,200 per married couple, plus an additional $300 per child.

Clyburn Response to the State of the Union Address
January 28, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today released the following statement in response to President Bush’s State of the Union address. “In order for our stagnant economy to once again become robust, our brave soldiers to once again be reunited with their loved ones, and our country to move in a New Direction, the President needs to abandon his partisan ways and join with Democrats in bringing change to this country.” 

Deal Reached on Economic Stimulus Package
January 24, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC - “The rising cost of energy, healthcare, and post-secondary education expenses combined with a turbulent housing market, has left many Americans in a state of economic turmoil.  The stimulus package agreed to today will seek to alleviate some of these fiscal hardships and begin the process of moving our stagnant economy in a New Direction.” 

Clyburn Urges Children's Healthcare Expansion in Light of Slowing Economy
January 23, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today urged his colleagues to override the President’s veto of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) package, which would provide health coverage for 10 million children.  The House fell 15 votes short of overriding the President’s veto.

Clyburn Commemorates Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 18, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today released the following statement to commemorate the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday. “Our country has progressed tremendously over the last several decades because of the courageous sacrifices made by Dr. King.  His actions motivated America’s leading politicians to enact laws that enhanced our civil rights protections and ensured that every citizen was given a fair and free right to vote.

Clyburn Eager for Bipartisan Economic Stimulus Package
January 18, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn released the following statement in response to President Bush’s press conference earlier today in which he expressed his support for a bipartisan and bicameral economic stimulus package. “I welcome President Bush’s comments today regarding his desire to work with the New Direction Congress in developing an economic stimulus package to help hardworking Americans adversely affected by our slowing economy.  With unemployment numbers rising, energy costs soaring, and property values plummeting, low-income and middle-class families are in need of immediate assistance.