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Frustrated Pelosi Demands More Say in Debt-Ceiling Negotiations

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Critics have been happy to hear a lot less of Rep. Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) name dominating the political landscape in 2011 as compared to the days between 2006 and 2010. Since going from Speaker of the House to House Minority Leader her position in key political standoffs has diminished, and the Hill reported Saturday that she is not too happy about it.

"House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will demand a seat in the table for the final talks on the national debt limit, putting a strong liberal voice in the room.

Pelosi and House Democrats were left out of the negotiations between President Obama and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) last year that extended nearly all of the Bush tax rates though 2012.

Pelosi didn’t participate in the final high-level talks over fiscal 2011 spending levels either. But now she’s demanding her say at a time when many of her House Democratic colleagues are disappointed in Obama’s level of consultation with their caucus."

Apparently Rep. Pelosi is unsatisfied with the outcome of April's continuing funding resolution for the rest of 2011 which featured $38.5 billion in spending cuts. How awful.

The measure passed with GOP and Democrat support, but The Hill asserts that some Democrats only voted for the bill, that they had "almost no part in negotiating," because they wanted to avert a government shutdown.

Speaker Boehner and GOP leadership needed support from House Democrats in passing the continuing funding resolution after a last-minute withdrawl by conservative Tea Party-affiliated Republicans. Acknowledging this internal friction, Pelosi has gone about "flexing her muscles" to have a say in the mounting debt-cieling talks.

Rep. Pelosi represents a growing number of House Democrats frustrated with the White House, and feel the President has not stood up to Republicans on issues related to taxes and purposed cuts to Medicare.

"Pelosi is the strongest liberal voice in the Democratic leadership. She kept her position as Democratic leader in November after Democrats lost the House in a landslide by promising her caucus’s large liberal wing that she would fight for their priorities. The debt-limit talks are her chance to make good on that pledge."

In a time when both parties have expressed the need to find a solution on this issue, does it make sense or is it responsible for a representative of an extreme side of the political pendulum to come barging into talks at the last minute?

There needs to be a strong liberal voice in the room?!?!

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