Congressional Black Caucus getting the hint about Hastings?
Politics: As the critics get louder, maybe someone is getting a clue in the CBC.
|Hastings also has the backing of the Congressional Black Caucus, which has gained considerable clout in the incoming Democratic-led House and which was angered in June when Pelosi moved to push embattled Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., off the House Ways and Means Committee. Members of the caucus have said they expect Hastings to get the post, but several influential black lawmakers appeared resigned recently to the possibility that Hastings might be passed over. Asked Thursday whether he is confident that Hastings will head the committee, Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, elected by his peers to be House majority whip, said, ``I have no real hopes about it.''|