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Minority Parties Asserting Influence

Douglas Graham/Roll Call
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Democratic Caucus is in a position where it might determine the outcome of a debt limit deal, a rare occurrence for the House minority.

Pelosi, however, indicated to Boehner on Friday that she was unwilling to deal until she knew more about what cuts the GOP would pursue, according to one Democratic Member familiar with the talks.

"It's been characterized as more of 'show us your cuts.' The other side says they want to see where we'd cut, and we're saying we don't want to have cut discussions until there are revenues," the Member said.

That Pelosi continues to hammer this point has unified her Caucus at a crucial turning point, especially as the reception to the McConnell-Reid plan in her Caucus on Tuesday was mixed.

"She was testing the waters of her Caucus, and I think she was laying the groundwork for the necessity of such a vote, perhaps," Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said. "I don't think that's the same as she embraced it and she was urging everyone to support it."

Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) added, "She has much more leverage in this because I think they recognize they don't have enough votes on the other side of the aisle."

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