House Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (above) donated $7,000 total from his campaign fund and PAC earlier this month to Rep. Bill Pascrell in his primary battle against Rep. Steven Rothman.
So far, the two campaigns are taking the battle lines being drawn within the party in stride.
“Congressman Pascrell appreciates all the support he’s received from his colleagues in Congress in his primary fight, including the support of so many Democratic leaders. He’s very proud of the relationships he’s built with so many of his colleagues as they work together on behalf of middle-class taxpayers across the country in the fight against tea party extremists,” Pascrell spokesman Sean Darcy said Wednesday.
Likewise, Rothman spokesman Paul Swibinski said, “We welcome their support and thank them for their contribution.”
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.