Amid the budget cutting, goodbye to Jane Harman
February 18th, 2011
06:17 PM ET
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Amid the budget cutting, goodbye to Jane Harman

Washington (CNN) - House members took a quick break from partisan attacks Friday to salute one of their own - Rep. Jane Harman, D-California, whose last day in Congress is February 28.

After voting to cut billions from this year's budget, members made a slightly awkward turn to say goodbye to the long-time congresswoman, who celebrated bipartisanship in her remarks.

"As a life-long, passionate bipartisan-in-my-bones Democrat, I have been criticized by both sides," Harman said. "But the center is where, in my view, most Americans are and where in many cases the best policy answers are."

Harman quit her job in Congress to become president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a think tank that had been led by former Rep. Lee Hamilton. She said the timing of her last day would allow the state of California to fold the special election to fill her seat into a statewide referendum later in the year.

Fellow Californian and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi joined other members to laud Harman in floor speeches. The two powerful lawmakers had frequently butted heads, and Pelosi prevented Harman from ascending to chair of the House Intelligence Committee when Democrats took power in 2006.

After Harman received a standing ovation and hugs from the members still gathered in the House chamber, Congress returned to the task at hand - debating which party would win the fight to steer the economy.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. John G

    Goodbye and good riddance.

    February 18, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    Good Luck Ms. Harman!!!

    February 18, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. Rick LeBlanc

    A truly good and reasonable lawmaker has had enough. Reminds me of Sen Chuck Hagels exit after having to deal with Bush / Cheneyy et al. Now we are left with "the fools on the hill", good lyrics bad government. Yet the likes of Pelosi and Boehner roll merrily along at tax payer expense.

    February 18, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. Monster Zero

    As a life-long, passionate bipartisan-in-my-bones Democrat, I have been criticized by both sides," Harman said. "But the center is where, in my view, most Americans are and where in many cases the best policy answers are._______________

    A Center of the road Democrat is now a left leaning Republican, a Center Democrat is now a Socialist and a Liberal Progressive Democrat is now and always has been a Communist. Now wonder she is bailing out!

    February 18, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. Bob

    I voted for her in the primary in 1998 for California Governor.

    February 18, 2011 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. Albo58

    Another rat jumping from the U.S.S. Obama! Good riddance!

    February 18, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  7. JHA in Texas

    Democrates in Texas would like to thank you service. We shall miss you greatly and wish you in all future endeavors. I prayers are with you and your family. Your family has given much to this country.

    February 18, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  8. nik green

    Harman's paranoid obsession with spying on people in violation of the 4th Amendment, her support of the Iraq war (a corporate welfare gravy train based on LIES), the fundamentally anti-American HR1955 measure, and her involvement in the AIPAC scandal does not look well for the history books.

    February 19, 2011 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  9. Gaylon Barrow

    Democrats dropping like flies. They know ruination when they see it. It's just bonehead that can't understand when it's over it's over. He had his day and it will be many before it happens ever again.

    February 19, 2011 03:46 am at 3:46 am |