Jefferson: Pelosi does irony

No news about his Budget berth.

But the Lioness has found him a replacement for Ways and Means: Small Business.

That's, Small Business.

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Jefferson: now, boot him from Budget!

The list of House committee appointments recommended by the Democratic Steering Committee includes a comment that

The Steering Committee agreed to continue the Democratic Caucus resolution temporarily removing Congressman William Jefferson of Louisiana from the Ways and Means Committee until the ongoing investigation is resolved.

However, Jefferson had kept his seat on the Budget Committee - no doubt, by compromise with the CBC - and the DSC press release has no recommendations for places on that committee.

Clearly, the fight over Bush's FY08 budget (to be sent over in February) is likely to be huge; and the House Budget Committee will naturally be in the thick of it.

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Jefferson: CBC demand their pound of flesh strike out?

Surprise, surprise.

Having given themselves sore palms high-fiving Jefferson over his big win (that's their story!), the CBC wants its man's privileges restored in full.

The Hill piece suggests a rationale for bumping Mollohan (the odious comparator) and, thus, for kicking Jefferson where he deserves: rewarding contributions to party coffers. (Mollohan has been stingy, baby.)

Not that Pelosi should give any quid pro quo or cover for excluding Jefferson. But politics, as we know, is an ugly game...

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Jefferson: Pelosi has to act now

I really hope that the Pelosi and the rest of the House leadership have been working out the angles for weeks.

This is what I've managed in the space of a day or two:

Last time we saw a CBC/Pelosi confrontation, it was the dog that didn't bark. Pelosi passed on Hastings for HIC, and the CBC seemed to suck it up.

Uh oh.

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CBC-er plays the race card

The Timestoday offers a piece under hed Black Lawmakers Set to Take Crucial Posts which is largely filler - but not without points of interest.

The tone of the lede, for one thing:

The impending Democratic takeover of Congress will elevate more blacks to positions of power in the Capitol than ever: 4 major House committee chairmen, as many as 16 subcommittee chairmen, the third-ranking House Democratic leader and a senator considered a credible candidate for his party's presidential nomination.

The suggestion seems to be that some readers might view this elevation as a matter of concern.

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