The stimulus passed by Congress will provide for communities historically overlooked by federal assistance, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Monday, seemingly clarifying controversial remarks he made regarding race and the stimulus

"You talk this morning a whole lot about 1933," Clyburn said on "Morning Joe" Monday morning. "I just want to be sure that as we do this, we don't leave communities out like we did in 1933."

"It did not do for all communities what it could have done," he added, insinuating that New Deal programs often overlooked rural and black communities -- many of which often overlapped in some areas. "We were operating uder a law that said you did not do certain things for certain people."

Clyburn caused a small stir last week after calling Republican governors' rejection of some stimulus funds a "slap in the face" to African-Americans.

"These four governor