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 didnâ€™t participate in the final high-level talks over fiscal 2011 spending levels either.
But now sheâ€™s demanding her say at a time when many of her House Democratic colleagues are disappointed in Obamaâ€™s level of consultation with their caucus.
â€œIf they donâ€™t have the votes, House Democrats have to be at the table,â€ said a House Democratic leadership aide.
Pelosi stayed out of the talks on crafting a continuing resolution funding the rest of 2011 that included $38.5 billion in spending cuts because House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) expressed confidence they would pass it without Democratic help.
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