Sen. Mikulski Emails Hillary: Dems 'Only Offering Spending Plans. Not Solutions --'

By Susan Jones | October 1, 2015 | 11:41am EDT
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) (AP File Photo)

( - Among the 3,869 Hillary Clinton emails released Wednesday by the State Department is one from Clinton's former Senate colleague Barbara Mikulsi, in which the Maryland Democrat expresses dismay with the way things were going in Washington in January 2010, one year after President Obama took office.

Among other things, Mikulski describes the Democratic caucus as "a volcano ready to erupt"; she admits to frustration with President Obama's White House team, because of their "tin ear/thin plans to deal with deep economic anxiety"; she notes that the "middle class feels their way of life slipping away."

And, she adds, "Dems are only offering spending plans. Not solutions." (President Obama signed his economic stimulus bill into law in February 2009. And the Democrat-led Senate,  in December 2010, had taken up a pork-filled, $1.2-trillion omnibus spending bill.)

Mikulski tells Clinton that the Senate confirmation vote on Ben Bernanke, the former Federal Reserve Chairman appointed by President George W. Bush, is "a way to send a message" to President Obama, who renominated him. (In the end, Mikulski voted to confirm Bernanke, although 11 Senate Democrats did not.)

Mikulski also tells Clinton that President Obama's upcoming State of the Union Address "has to be a major (reset) button."

Clinton, then serving as Secretary of State, responded to Mikulski's email: "Oh, Barb, we got trouble w a capital "T" in River City."

Mikulski's Jan. 24, 2010 email, sent from her Blackberry, is oddly punctuated and grammatically incorrect, but this is exactly how it appears, as released by the State Department. Clinton's response is at the top. (A screenshot of the email also appears below.)


UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05773509 Date: 09/30/2015

From: H <>
Sent: Sunday, January 24, 2010 6:14 PM
To: ''
Subject: Re: Thinking of you

Oh, Barb, we got trouble w a capital "T" in River City. I miss you too and will try to call soon. Keep going, as your and my
"home girl" Harriet Tubman wpuld say!
Original Message
From: Mikulski, BAM (Mikulski) <>
To: H
Sent: Sun Jan 24 17:27:08 2010
Subject: Thinking of you

Been wanting to xconnect ever since the. Holidays. But every time I go to do it. There is. Big. Crisis ie the. Xmas.
Bomber-- haiti. Didn't want to interupt -- now we have. The. Mass. Catastrophe. - health care on life support and a.
Supreme ct that just screwed us --- wow do I miss having u to talk to in. Uss--- let me say. YOU are doing a terrific job on
many fronts. Re. Haiti proud of both you and. President. Bill. --- this wk in caucus we were avolcano ready to erupt---real
frustration with. Pres white house team and tin ear/ thin plans to deal with. Deep. Economic. Anxiety. So. Bernake vote
became a way to send a message--- as I move around ( and I am. . Middle class feels their
way of life. Slippingaway. And dems. Are only offering spending plans. Not solutions--- his. State of. Union has to be a.
Major. Rest button---- we can do this. Bill and you have lived thru similar travails. Hope to see you there and hope we
can connct soon.

Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless Handheld




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