The Colorado Democrat had challenged Rep. Clyburn, the highest-ranking African American in House leadership.
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The two-term Massachusetts congressman has become a top enemy of liberals on and off Capitol Hill while he’s angered colleagues after House Democrats’ big electoral win.
Top Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is backing proposals that seek to address Democrats’ concerns about the way the outgoing Republican majority ran the chamber, but also bipartisan complaints about more persistent weaknesses in House operations.
The Democrats are members of the Problem Solvers Caucus, a group formed to promote bipartisanship in the House.
“I’ll ask everybody to take a look at the so-called Freedom Caucus and see where they got the Republican Party,” Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) said.
Unions and civil rights groups are among those going to bat for the longtime Democratic leader.
Democrats are emboldened by the midterm election, as their expected House majority continues to grow to a dozen seats or more. That has them ready to resist the president.