Representative James 'Jim' E. Clyburn's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (SC) - District 6, Democratic Assistant Minority Leader
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Jim Clyburn has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Jim Clyburn is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Jim Clyburn. H Amdt 436. 104th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Jim Clyburn voted Yea on 06/15/1995. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Jim Clyburn voted Nay on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. H Amdt 185. 103th Congress. Hyde Amendment. Jim Clyburn voted Nay on 06/30/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Jim Clyburn voted Nay on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Jim Clyburn in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. H Amdt 882. 106th Congress. Prison Abortion Funding Amendment. Jim Clyburn voted Yea on 06/22/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. H Amdt 187. 105th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Jim Clyburn voted Yea on 06/19/1997. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Jim Clyburn voted Nay on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. HR 3682. 106th Congress. Child Custody Protection Act. Jim Clyburn voted Nay on 07/15/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. H Amdt 643. 106th Congress. Abortion Private Funding Restoration Amendment. Jim Clyburn voted Yea on 05/20/1998. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. H Amdt 1017. 106th Congress. Abortion Funding Amendment. Jim Clyburn voted Yea on 07/20/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. HR 670. 103th Congress. Abortion Counseling Bill. Jim Clyburn voted Yea on 03/25/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jim Clyburn voted Nay on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Jim Clyburn a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. H Amdt 156. 106th Congress. Overseas Military Abortion Amendment. Jim Clyburn voted Yea on 06/09/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. HR 3660. 106th Congress. Ban on Partial-Birth/Late Term Abortion. Jim Clyburn voted Nay on 04/05/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jim Clyburn voted Nay on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Jim Clyburn in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Jim Clyburn voted Nay on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. H Amdt 722. 106th Congress. Oversea Military Abortions Amendment. Jim Clyburn voted Yea on 05/18/2000. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Jim Clyburn voted Yea on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)

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  • Jim Clyburn. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Jim Clyburn voted Nay on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 2 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 80 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 5 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. Boehner Peddles Same Failed Bush Economic Policies. 8 September 2010. "Once again, House Republicans are making it clear that they intend to turn back the clock to the disastrous economic programs that caused the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the loss of 8 million jobs and the near-doubling of the national debt. Americans have felt the effects of budget-busting Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest few, but Republican Leader John Boehner wants to extend those tax cuts, adding $700 billion to the deficit over the next decade. Our country simply cannot afford to return to these fiscally irresponsible policies." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. Bush's Budget Priorities Wrong for America. 4 February 2008. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. African Americans Disproportionately Hurt by Proposed Social Security Changes. 5 March 2004. "In an era of out-of-control deficits, all Americans should be called on to sacrifice equitably. However, the comments by Chairman Greenspan do not reflect the shared sacrifice that should be the hallmark of our times. Instead the wealthy are being promised lucrative tax cuts in perpetuity, while low-income Americans, especially African Americans, are being asked to further jeopardize and postpone their hard-earned retirement. Such a policy is unsound and irresponsible. Any attempt to implement these proposals will be met with resounding resistance." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. Black History Month. 28 February 2010. "First, as I mentioned before, we need to get rid of, once and for all, the tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of Americans. It is too late to save the $39 billion that we wasted this year, but we could save more than that next year." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. Christmas Eve Democratic Radio Address. 24 December 2005. "Every time our nation has gone to war we've called on American citizens from all walks of life to make sacrifices. But not this time. This time while our brave young men and women fight to protect our freedoms Republicans are cutting services to their families back home while giving people of great means unfair and unneeded tax cuts. These brave Americans deserve better." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2006. 16 March 2005. "Mr. Chairman, in this budget we maintain tax cuts for wage earners making less than $200,000 a year, and we roll back cuts on the top 2 percent of Americans, and by doing so, we have saved almost $47 billion that we have used to invest in the human assets of this country, the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. MSNBC "Hardball with Chris Matthews" - Transcript . 10 November 2008. "MR. MATTHEWS: Toughest question: Should the president let those big tax cuts that the upper-income people got during the Bush administration, should he let them lapse or should he let them continue as part of this effort to stimulate the economy? Should he let the rich get a tax break in addition or keep what they've been getting, or should he let it lapse? REP. CLYBURN: I think that ought to be the first thing he does come January. He ought to let those things lapse." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jim Clyburn. Clyburn Eager for Bipartisan Economic Stimulus Package. 18 January 2008. "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." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. CNN "State of the Union with Candy Crowley" “ Transcript. 13 June 2010. "CROWLEY: [¦] Yet, there is talk of this $50 billion in emergency funds and talk of a second stimulus. Can the United States afford that kind of money to try to stimulate more jobs and try to get the economy moving a little faster? CLYBURN: Well, Candy, I do not think the American people can afford not to. The fact of the matter is, I think that, if you look at 300,000 teachers being laid off, that's not just 300,000 people losing their jobs; that is putting America's students, their children, at tremendous risk. So we have to take into account exactly what the situation is that we're faced with." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. House Democratic Caucus Press Conference with Rep. Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Hoyer (D-MD), Rep. Clyburn (D-SC), Rep. Emanuel (D-IL, Rep. Larson (D-CT) and Rep. Edwards (D-TX). 18 January 2008. "Since 2001 the typical working family's income, real income, has fallen over $2,500. Over the next two years some 2 million Americans will see their mortgage payment skyrocket. Another 1 to 2 million will find themselves in foreclosure. We are about to embark upon a bipartisan effort, if our colleagues on the other side are willing, to do what is right for America at this time. And that is, for us, to pass a stimulus package that is timely, as well as targeted and temporary." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Clyburn Statement On The President's Fiscal 2013 Budget. 13 February 2012. "President Barack Obama has proposed a responsible budget that lays out a plan for an economy built to last. Although the proposal contains some painful spending cuts, I am pleased it continues our progress toward putting our nation's fiscal house in order. I am also pleased the President's plan contains smart investments: rural energy and home energy renovations; infrastructure projects like our ports, roads and broadband; education and job training. These efforts will create jobs now and grow the economy to provide opportunity for working people in the years to come." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Duncan. Why I'm Running. 14 June 2012. "Since being elected to Congress, I have directed millions of dollars in federal investments to several water and sewer projects along the I-95 corridor. Those funds will improve health conditions, educational opportunities and economic development in a region that is often referred to as 'the Corridor of Shame.' I championed special consideration for rural and poverty stricken communites in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. South Carolina has been awarded millions of those dollars to improve broadband and other infrastructure needs along the I-95 corridor and throughout the District, which will enhance the quality of life and students ability to compete, and also serve as another tool to attract economic development to this area. Finally, I worked hard to include investments in rural health care in the new health care reform laws enacted by Congress this year. These efforts will complement the other federal commitments I have secured for the District." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Jim Clyburn voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Jim Clyburn a rating of 0 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Jim Clyburn voted Yea on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. Clyburn Hails Quick Passage of Economic Stimulus Bill. 7 February 2008. "In order to combat the unyielding fiscal hardships being endured by everyday working families, it is essential that we put money back into the hands of those Americans who need it the most. This stimulus package puts money back into the pockets of hardworking Americans and provides well-deserved tax incentives to our nation's small businesses. I look forward to the President signing the stimulus package into law quickly. The American people are looking to Congress and the President for leadership during these turbulent times. This stimulus package responds to the needs of the American people and moves our economy in a New Direction." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. Clyburn on Job Loss Report. 2 May 2008. "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. Democrats understand that working families are struggling, so we're taking concrete steps to relieve their suffering in the face of terrific opposition from the Bush Administration and congressional Republicans who are committed to the status quo." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. Deal Reached on Economic Stimulus Package. 24 January 2008. "I'm pleased we quickly reached consensus with the President and our Republican colleagues on a bipartisan economic stimulus package that will provide timely, targeted, and temporary assistance to Americans adversely affected by our country's economic slowdown. 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." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jim Clyburn. HR 2300. 106th Congress. Academic Achievement for All Act. Jim Clyburn voted Nay on 10/21/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. One on One with Jim Clyburn. 14 June 2012. "The advocacy of Robert Smalls, a former slave, and an 1860's, 70's and 80's legislator Congressman, and public official spurred the establishment of a free public education system for all S. C. children. This is, in my opinion, the greatest legacy South Carolina has given our country, although our level of commitment has often been suspect. As a former public school teacher, I don't believe in punishing public schools when students fail. I think that failing schools are usually more a reflection of how our nation has failed the communities in which they exist. Schools cannot be successful when adequate resources are not made available, and the students who attend them don't have homes with proper facilities and parents with stable jobs, where a meal may or may not be available, and a visit to a doctor or dentist is a luxury they cannot afford. We have a systemic problem, and real school reform should be in our method of funding public education." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. HR 1804. 104th Congress. Goals 2000: Educate America Act. Jim Clyburn voted Yea on 03/23/1994. (votesmart.org)

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  • voted yea to HR 4348 - Extension of Surface Transportation Funding and Approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline (votesmart.org)

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  • Jim Clyburn. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jim Clyburn voted Nay on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported the interests of Environment America 93 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported the interests of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Jim Clyburn voted Yea on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Jim Clyburn in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund endorsed Jim Clyburn in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • Jim Clyburn. HR 1025. 103th Congress. Brady Handgun Bill. Jim Clyburn voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Jim Clyburn voted Nay on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. HR 2122. 106th Congress. Mandatory Gun Show Background Check Act. Jim Clyburn voted Nay on 06/18/1999. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Jim Clyburn a grade of 9." (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 92 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Jim Clyburn voted Nay on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. H Amdt 390. 103th Congress. Instant Background Checks for Gun Purchase Amendment. Jim Clyburn voted Yea on 11/10/1993. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Jim Clyburn in the 2008 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. HR 4296. 104th Congress. Regulation of Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons. Jim Clyburn voted Yea on 05/05/1994. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Jim Clyburn voted Nay on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. HR 125. 104th Congress. Gun Ban Repeal Act of 1995. Jim Clyburn voted Nay on 03/22/1996. (votesmart.org)

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  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jim Clyburn voted Nay on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. Clyburn Marks 45th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. 30 July 2010. "As we look back on the many millions of Americans that have benefited from the care and security they have received through Medicare and Medicaid, let us also look to the future and work to ensure that these essential programs continue to bring better health and peace of mind to Americans for generations to come. Over the past 45 years, Medicare has provided seniors and people with disabilities with guaranteed and effective care. Thanks to steps taken in the Affordable Care Act, Medicare is now stronger than ever before, currently providing more than 44 million Americans with high quality care and ensuring that the program remains solvent for years to come." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. More Immediate Benefits Of Health Refrom Law, Providing Relief For Early Retirees. 4 May 2010. "As the American people start to see the benefits of health reform law, Congressional Republicans are seeking to repeal this law and deny early retirees the ability to obtain affordable health care. This temporary program is yet another example of how health reform law will better the lives of Americans across the country." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. Repeal of Obamacare Act. 11 July 2012. "Madam Speaker, I rise today in opposition to this partisan charade to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This is the 31st time the majority has orchestrated a vote to repeal in whole or in part this very important and long-awaited law to increase accessibility and decrease the cost of quality health care. Fortunately, the other body rejected this ill-fated effort the first 30 times, and this 31st time will be no different. Why, then, are we having this debate?" (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. Issues. 21 October 2011. "The law that Congressman Jim Clyburn steered to passage and President Obama signed into effect in March 2010 will give ALL Americans access to quality, affordable health care for the first time in history." (clyburnforcongress.com)
  • Jim Clyburn. Clyburn Statement On Senate Passage Of Landmark Health Insurance Reform Legislation. 24 December 2009. "I commend Majority Leader Harry Reid and my colleagues in the Senate for passage of a landmark health insurance reform bill that will provide quality affordable health coverage, security and peace of mind to America's families. Both House and Senate bills cut the deficit, bring down rapidly rising health care costs for families and businesses, provide choice, and end discriminatory practices of the insurance industry that deny coverage if you get sick or have a pre-existing condition." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. Preventing Waste, Fraud And Abuse In The Health Care System. 14 May 2009. "Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the Obama Administration has more tools at its disposal to crack down on health care fraud. Reducing waste, fraud and abuse in the health care industry saves taxpayer dollars and protects their health care investments. Unfortunately, Republicans have promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the anti-fraud tools included [¦] I applaud the Administration's efforts to focus on waste, fraud and abuse in the health care industry. This is yet another example of how health reform law will protect seniors and better the lives of all Americans across the country." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jim Clyburn. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Jim Clyburn voted Nay on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Jim Clyburn voted Yea on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. Associated Press - Clyburn Won't Support Amnesty In Immigration Legislation. 30 May 2007. "I don't think there's a quick fix to this. I don't think there's any simple way to deal with this. And I will not support amnesty for anybody, I mean, that would be rewarding bad behavior." (votesmart.org)

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  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 14 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Jim Clyburn voted Nay on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 95 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 97 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Felicia Sonmez. The Washington Post: James Clyburn backs same-sex marriage; says ˜national' approach is needed. 14 May 2012. "I, like the president, have evolved to a point of marriage equality," Clyburn said in an interview on MSNBC. "I have not always been there. I grew up in a parsonage, a fundamentalist Christian parsonage, and I grew up with that indoctrination. And I have grown to the point that I believe that we have evolved to marriage equality." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Jim Clyburn. Pelosi, Nadler, 130 House Members File Amicus Brief on Federal Case Against DOMA. 10 July 2012. "Heightened scrutiny applies: the brief agrees with Justice Department's position that lesbians and gay men are an identifiable minority group that lack sufficient political power to obtain the consistent and favorable treatment of lawmakers; as a result, they need the protection that heightened judicial review provides. Congress's treatment of gay men and lesbians illustrates that this group has been unable to prevent harmful laws or achieve desired policy results that directly impact their lives. Gay men and lesbians are a historically disfavored minority that has often been targeted for legislative action based on stereotypes and bias, making it inappropriate for courts to grant laws like DOMA the same presumption of validity afforded to most acts of Congress. Instead, laws that single out gay men and lesbians for harm warrant judicial skepticism and heightened review. This requires the government to show that Section 3 serves a significant federal interest, and even BLAG seems to concede that it loses under this standard. Even under rational basis as applied by the Supreme Court in cases where the rights of a minority are at stake, Section 3 is unconstitutional. Section 3 does not achieve, but undermines, the actual interests served by the programs that take marital status into account, and denying recognition to couples who already are married under state law does not rationally serve any of the reasons relied upon by Congress in 1996 or created in response to this litigation." (votesmart.org)
  • Felicia Sonmez. The Washington Post: James Clyburn backs same-sex marriage; says 'national' approach is needed. 14 May 2012. "I, like the president, have evolved to a point of marriage equality," Clyburn said in an interview on MSNBC. "I have not always been there. I grew up in a parsonage, a fundamentalist Christian parsonage, and I grew up with that indoctrination. And I have grown to the point that I believe that we have evolved to marriage equality." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Jim Clyburn. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Jim Clyburn voted Yea on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Jim Clyburn voted Yea on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported the interests of the Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jim Clyburn. Expressing Sense of the House of Representatives on Fifth Anniversary of Terrorist Attacks Launched Against the United States on September 11, 2001. 13 September 2006. "Five years after 9/11, we must be clear: The war in Iraq has distracted us from finding Osama bin Laden, dismantling al Qaeda and fighting the war on terrorism. We must put the future of Iraq in the hands of the Iraqis so we can focus on our primary goal, winning the war on terrorism. We must end the stonewalling and pass the 9/11 Commission recommendations." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jim Clyburn. President's Proposed Private Accounts Undermine Social Security. 11 March 2005. "Those who attended the Town Hall meetings John Spratt and I held in Sumter and Florence last month seemed overwhelmingly opposed to President Bush's proposal to direct some Social Security taxes into the Stock Market. Of course, overwhelming is not unanimous and I want to make one thing perfectly clear, John Spratt and I do not oppose private accounts, if they are in addition to Social Security [¦] But what President Bush seeks to do is take money that currently goes into Social Security and use it to fund private retirement accounts that will be managed by private investors for a fee. The President proposes a broker fee of $3 for the $1,000 maximum an employee could divert from Social Security annually. The bottom line is beneficiaries' contributions will be at risk but not one dime of the brokers' fees." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. Young People Can Count on Social Security Today and in the Future. 21 April 2005. "While in South Carolina on Monday the President once again modified his arguments in support of private accounts [¦] I countered the President's visit at a number of events. I emphasized at those events that the only thing today's young people will be guaranteed to own under the President's privatization scheme is nearly $5 trillion in debt over the next 20 years. Imagine a dramatic stock market plunge like last week occurring just before a retiree is set to withdraw his or her earnings from a private savings account invested in stocks. It can happen at any time and have devastating affects on those who are dependent on those funds for their future financial stability. There is no stability in the stock market and no security for those who invest Social Security funds on Wall Street. The only people guaranteed to make a profit are the investment brokers, who will be paid regardless of the performance of the investment." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. Clyburn on the Legacy of Social Security. 28 July 2010. "Democrats are committed to finding a solution that will ensure the long term solvency of Social Security and protect the program for future generations. Thanks to provisions in the Affordable Care Act, Social Security will remain solvent for an additional ten to twenty years. We will continue to fight against Republican plans to privatize and cut Social Security, turning it over to Wall Street bankers. It is our job to continue building what President Roosevelt put in motion 75 years ago, so it remains strong for future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Jim Clyburn supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. 28 July 2010. Clyburn on the Legacy of Social Security. "Democrats are committed to finding a solution that will ensure the long term solvency of Social Security and protect the program for future generations. Thanks to provisions in the Affordable Care Act, Social Security will remain solvent for an additional ten to twenty years. We will continue to fight against Republican plans to privatize and cut Social Security, turning it over to Wall Street bankers. It is our job to continue building what President Roosevelt put in motion 75 years ago, so it remains strong for future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. Assessing the Winners and Losers in Three of Today's Policy Debates. 23 March 2005. "Let me begin with President Bush's proposals for the future of Social Security. Although he has not submitted an official plan, we know from his public statements, what he envisions. President Bush wants to invest a portion of the Social Security taxes currently paid by every worker and invest it in the Stock Market. Under this scenario, there could be hundreds, even thousands of winners. Unfortunately, however, there could be millions of losers. And I suspect that is why the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) argues that Social Security recipients are better off if we do nothing to the program rather than implementing private accounts." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. Clyburn Statement on 71st Anniversary of Social Security. 14 August 2006. "For over seven decades Social Security has helped provide stability and retirement security for millions of seniors. It continues to stand as one of the most popular and effective programs in this nation's history. That is why Democrats are committed to protecting and strengthening Social Security rather than ending it through privatization. The president and Republicans in Congress have repeatedly promised to revisit Social Security privatization after November. But Americans have already said, loud and clear, that they don't want Social Security to be privatized or dismantled." (votesmart.org)
  • Jim Clyburn. Privatization of Social Security Threatens America's Future Security. 21 January 2005. "The logic that we must spend $2 trillion now while our government is operating at unprecedented deficits and under unimaginable debt in order to stave off a 25% shortfall in Social Security funds some 37 years from now is absurd at best and deceitful at worst. This is a smoke and mirrors argument to bolster the President's desire to privatize the program and begin fulfilling the Republican Party's goal of eliminating Social Security all together [¦] Gambling its trust funds in the stock market is not only risky, but ignores valuable lessons recent experiences should have taught us." (votesmart.org)

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