Clyburn: Marcia Fudge will be nominated for a Cabinet position

Clyburn: Marcia Fudge will be nominated for a Cabinet position
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House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) predicted President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Biden appoints veteran housing, banking regulator as acting FHFA chief Iran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' MORE would nominate Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeOn The Money: Powell says pickup in job gains likely this fall | Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure On The Money: Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit | White House confident Congress will raise debt ceiling HUD secretary links student loan debt to decline in Black homeownership MORE (D-Ohio) to a Cabinet position in a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“Look for her to be in the Cabinet,” Clyburn said. “It may not be at Agriculture but she will be nominated to be in the Cabinet.”


Clyburn, whose endorsement was key to Biden’s victory in the South Carolina Democratic primary, has previously said Biden has fallen short on Black nominees. “From all I hear, Black people have been given fair consideration,” Clyburn told Juan Williams, a columnist for The Hill, in late November.

“But there is only one Black woman so far,” he added, referencing Biden’s nominee for ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Clyburn, who is both the highest-ranking elected Black Democrat and the chair of the Biden inaugural committee, has actively lobbied for the Cleveland-area representative to head the Department of Agriculture.


“It’s time for Democrats to treat the Department of Agriculture as the kind of department it purports to be,” he told The New York Times in late November, saying the department budget “deals with consumer issues and nutrition and things that affect people’s day-to-day lives.”

In addition to farming issues, the department also oversees rural housing and nutritional assistance programs such as food stamps.

Clyburn told the Times that Fudge could specifically help improve the department’s services beyond wealthy agribusiness, be it to “little farmers in Clarendon County, S.C., or food stamp recipients in Cleveland, Ohio.”

Former Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampSupreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda Effective and profitable climate solutions are within the nation's farms and forests Bill Maher blasts removal of journalist at Teen Vogue MORE (D-N.D.) and former Agriculture Secretary Tom VilsackTom VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE are also reportedly under consideration for the post.