SC political briefs: Mulvaney joins anti-Boehner vote

January 4, 2013 

Mulvaney’s non-vote on Boehner draws attention

U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney declined Thursday to support giving fellow Republican John Boehner a second term as House speaker, joining 11 other Republican lawmakers who protested the Ohioan’s leadership.

On the first day of the new two-year session of Congress, Boehner was re-elected speaker with 220 votes, all Republican. Mulvaney, however, waged a silent protest.

Nine Republican lawmakers voted for someone other than Boehner, three of them backing Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. Mulvaney, by contrast, declined to vote for anyone.

After Mulvaney was sworn into his second House term, he left the chamber minutes before it was his turn to vote on speaker so he wasn’t in the hall when his name was called.

As the voting continued, Mulvaney re-entered the chamber. When his name was called again, he chose not to respond.

Mulvaney later declined to comment.

Mulvaney has been critical of Boehner in recent weeks. He was among dozens of House Republicans who last month forced Boehner to abandon his “Plan B” to avert the “fiscal cliff,” which would have increased taxes on annual household income of more than $1 million. He also was among 151 House Republicans who voted against the fiscal cliff deal passed earlier this week. Boehner voted for it.

McClatchy Newspapers

Rice sworn in, then votes for Boehner as speaker

New U.S. Rep. Tom Rice, R-Myrtle Beach, said it was a “like a dream” to be sworn in as South Carolina’s newest congressman Thursday. But Rice did not have time to savor that dream before voting on his first controversial issue.

Rice voted to re-elect fellow Republican John Boehner as speaker of the House after several Republicans criticized Boehner for his handling of the fiscal cliff negotiations.

“I understand people’s frustration, but I don’t think (Boehner) was the cause of it,” Rice said. “He’s a good man and comes from a working-class family, and I think his values are the same as most people in South Carolina. I look forward to working with him.”

Rice called his swearing-in as “the culmination of three years of work.”

“I am just so honored to be here, so honored by the people of the (new) 7th District and their trust in me,” he said. “I’m going to work very hard to live up to their trust.”

Adam Beam

Clyburn confirmed for new FCC term

Mignon Clyburn, the daughter of third-ranking U.S. House Democrat James Clyburn of Columbia, has been confirmed for a new term on the Federal Communications Commission.

Originally nominated by President Barack Obama in 2009 for a partial term, Mignon Clyburn’s confirmation by the U.S. Senate Wednesday gives her a full term.

Mignon Clyburn, 50, was described in an article last year in Politico as an independent vote for consumers who has refused to tow either party or family lines. Since her appointment, she has been a tie-breaker and mediator on the commission, the article said.

Before her nomination to the commission, Mignon Clyburn was a member of the S.C. Public Service Commission for 11 years.

Looking ahead, she said she will work with Congress to ensure a federal communications policy “that keeps American consumers’ needs paramount.”

Rachael Myers Lowe

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