Clyburn will be at the church on time

Clyburn will be at the church on time
Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) is going to get to his daughter Angela’s wedding on Valentine’s Day, even if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wants him in Washington to work on the economic stimulus package.

“The Speaker may be disappointed,” said Pelosi’s chief whip, breaking into his signature loud guffaw as he boarded a Capitol Hill elevator, “but my daughter ain’t going to be disappointed.”


Clyburn, the third most powerful lawmaker in Congress, is a highly regarded legislator, but on this subject he is making an executive decision rather than negotiating. He is going to be in Columbia, S.C., for his daughter’s big day on Feb. 14 come hell, high water or even the opposition of Pelosi.

“I’m not worried; I don’t plan to miss it,” he said.

Clyburn and members of the Democratic leadership have declared that Congress will get a stimulus package to President Obama’s desk by Presidents Day, Feb. 16, and they vow to work through the Presidents Day recess if necessary.

But don’t expect Clyburn to be there on the big day.

“You know how important fathers and daughters are, don’t you?” he asked, saying there is no way he’d miss the wedding.

While he would not say outright he’d bail on the stimulus legislation for the nuptials, he indicated there wasn’t much that could stop him from being there — not even Speaker Pelosi.

“I always put first things first,” he said.

Recently on C-SPAN, Clyburn said 35-year-old Angela is nervous about her father missing her wedding. Asked if she would forgive him if it turned out he could not attend, he told ITK, “I don’t think she would forgive me, and she shouldn’t.”

Speaker Pelosi institutes no-purse policy

For years, reporters have not been allowed to wear overcoats of any kind in the Speaker’s Lobby. In fact, lawmakers aren’t supposed to wear them on the House floor, though they do.

Now it’s purses. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has ruled that reporters will not carry purses of any kind whatsoever into the Speaker’s Lobby, forcing reporters to leave their personal items virtually unguarded in the various press galleries.

The Capitol is safe and guarded, a U.S. Capitol Police officer remarked when asked about reporters’ concerns of keeping belongings not on their person.

Pelosi’s office had no comment by press time.


Coburn: Red Rover, Red Rover, let Schumer come over

At a time when Democrats dominate the day, lonesome conservatives want to lure even the most liberal among them over to their side.

Sen. Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by PhRMA — Worries grow about political violence as midterms approach President Trump’s war on federal waste American patients face too many hurdles in regard to health-care access MORE (R-Okla.) was boarding the Senate subway to the Russell Building last week when he spotted conservative Reps. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Kelly, McSally virtually tied in Arizona Senate race: poll The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing MORE (R-Ariz.) and Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) aboard a train on a neighboring track.

Coburn leaned out of the train and shouted, “It’s nice to see some conservatives on this side of the Capitol.”

Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerIlhan Omar blasts Pete King as an 'Islamophobe' after he announces retirement: 'Good riddance' Top Senate Dem: Officials timed immigration policy around 2020 election Senate fight derails bipartisan drug pricing bills MORE (D-N.Y.), one of the Senate’s most prominent liberals, happened to be sitting a few seats behind Flake and Hensarling. “They’re a dying breed, Coburn,” Schumer yelled, leaning forward.

“No, they’re not,” Coburn shot back. “I know you’re a conservative, Schumer. I traveled to China with you. I know a lot about you.”

But Schumer left the provocative charge unanswered. He only smiled his distinctive Schumer grin, glasses perched at the end of his nose, waving his hand side to side as his train pulled away.


Raleigh’s snow plan: Everyone stays home

You might have expected Chicago to have the most viewers for the Inauguration. A favorite son was getting sworn in, after all. Or maybe Washington, with all the federal workers at home watching the new boss take over.

But you’d be wrong. It was Raleigh, N.C.

According to The Nielsen Co., which tracks television ratings, more than 51 percent of television households in the Raleigh-Durham market tuned in to see the big event. Washington had only a 47.7 percent viewership.

So what inspired North Carolinians to tune in? A sudden burst of civic involvement? Nope. Turns out there wasn’t much else to do. About six inches of snow fell that day in Raleigh, so everyone stayed inside and watched.

Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.) explained that as a warm Southern state, North Carolina is even more paralyzed by snow than Washington.

“We have a simple snow plan in Raleigh,” Miller said. “When it snows, everyone stays home.”

Sighting: Party with the Boxers at Oya

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Comedian Paul Reiser (star of TV’s defunct “Mad About You”) also attended Boxer’s party.

“Man, it was a great party,” said a witness, noting that partygoers dined on arugula salad and beet salad with goat cheese, cod and beef filet. For dessert there was bittersweet molten chocolate cake and banana bread pudding.

Boxer’s party insisted on California wines only. They drank the Cline Cool Climate Syrah from Sonoma and the Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley.

Picking Oya was Boxer’s daughter Nicole’s idea, the witness said, adding, “They all seemed to love it!”

Wasserman Schultz ‘botches’ swearing-in of National Press Club prez

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) was playfully urged to do a better job than Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as she swore in the new president of the National Press Club, USA Today reporter Donna Leinwand.

But why would a rising Democratic congresswoman do a better job when she has a chance to needle the Republican-appointed top judge in front of a roomful of reporters? In giving the oath, Wasserman Schultz paused for effect before moving “faithfully” — the word Roberts tripped over — to the very end of the oath. That brought the house down.

Leinwand called for a do-over. Then Wasserman Schultz jumbled all the words, sprinkling “faithfully” throughout.
It’s hard to take the whole thing too seriously, since Leinwand had her hand on an Army helmet and Wasserman Schultz ended the final oath with “so help me hair products.” The event — themed “Hurricane Donna” — roasted and honored Leinwand’s career of parachuting into war zones and disaster areas for the McPaper.

Wasserman Schultz and Leinwand got to know each other years ago when Leinwand was a Miami Herald reporter covering Wasserman Schultz’s first state House race. They found they had some similar interests — like South Florida politics and frizzy hair.