Pelosi was sometimes left out of the loop in the past year, as Boehner and Obama worked on the details of a grand bargain. But as the fiscal cliff talks heat up in the lame-duck session, it seems the minority leader is in a position of power.
At a press conference Nov. 15, New Democrats Vice Chairman Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., said the members of the group were willing to discuss “anything,” including cuts to entitlement programs.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.