“They are still trying to work all that out,” a source close to Clyburn said. “He has some thoughts in terms of what he would like to do.”
Outreach to the White House is expected to be part of Clyburn’s portfolio.
“There are some natural things that work,” the source said. “He’s very close to the Obama administration and agencies.”
There also is jockeying over how big Clyburn’s budget will be, which office he will get in the Capitol and which other Members of leadership will see their duties or budgets trimmed to make room for the new slot, aides said.
Hoyer kept his distance from the deal Monday.
“That was something the Speaker and Mr. Clyburn believed was appropriate, and I think Congressman Clyburn being in the leadership ... is a good thing,” the Maryland Democrat said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.