Matthews states To win the Budget Committee chair Gray assembled an unusual

Matthews states to win the budget committee chair

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Matthews states: To win the Budget Committee chair, Gray assembled an unusual coalition. To fully understand this coalition, you should sit someday in the House gallery during a roll call. Back along the Democratic side of the
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CONGRESSIONAL TERM LIMITS to head the United Negro College Fund. 2 15 Dellums took the reigns as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee during the first weeks of the Clinton adminis- tration. 2 16 He attained the position "after a 20-year apprentice- ship .... [Now] he [is] the second most influential black in the defense arena, after [then] Joint Chief of Staff Chairman Colin Powell." 217 With the achievements of African-American elected officials come benefits for minorities. As noted previously, when a Repre- sentative, white or African-American, becomes a powerful member of Congress, benefits flow to her state. 2 18 There can be no doubt, for example, that Gray was a powerful House member who enabled "Pennsylvania to get its share of the goodies." 2 19 In addition to bringing jobs, projects, and federal programs for all members of the state, minorities in leadership positions can lead to "the appoint- ment of more minorities to commissions, the increasing use of minority contractors, and a general increase in the number of programs oriented to minorities." 220 main aisle is "Red Neck Row." This is where the "boll weevils" sit, hugging the partisan chalk mark. They are Southern Democrats, yellow-dog to the bone, but philosophically they vote and sit as close as possible to the Republicans .... The other power center is at the opposite end of the Democratic side. This is the "Pennsylvania corner." Pro-labor, children of the Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia working class, they are the classic party regu- lars .... Bill Gray was elected chairman of the Budget Committee in 1984 and chairman of the Democratic caucus last year because he managed to build an alliance of these two corners of his party: the big-city regulars and the confederate irregulars. Id. 215 See Camire & Bumstedad, supra note 100. 216 See Leslie Phillips, For Former Radica Armed Services Job is Turn of the Tables, USA TODAY, Jan. 27, 1993, at 4A. 217 Id. Other prominent black congressional officials who "are moving up the seniority ladder" are Representative William L. Clay, a Missouri Democrat who heads the Post Office and Civil Service Committee, and Representative Louis Stokes, an Ohio Democrat who heads the House Ethics Committee. See Welch, supra note 178, at A12. Also, at the time of the printing of this Comment, Representative Charles Rangel was being considered "a strong contender" to replace Representative Dan Rostenkowski as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee ifRostenkowski has to resign from the chairmanship due to the House post office scandal. See Lawrence M. O'Rourke, Clinton Savors Day of Triumph, SACRAMENTO BEE, Aug. 10, 1993, at Al; see also Feldman, supra note 8 (discussing the scandal).
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