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Pressure for House Democratic Picks to Represent Diverse Caucus

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Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has a delicate balancing act ahead of her in picking well-qualified Members who can also engage the wider Caucus for the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction.

If the super committee is made up of the same people who were in the debts talks, “the outcome will be the same,” a House Democratic aide said. “At the end of the day, the deal that we got had nothing to do with what progressives wanted.”

That view was driven home by a blistering July statement from Progressive Caucus Co-Chairman Raúl Grijalva about the debt deal, in which the Arizona Democrat said the deal “trades people’s livelihoods for the votes of a few unappeasable right-wing radicals.”

Moderate Democrats also sent a letter to leadership asking that voices dedicated to long-term deficit reform be included in the committee.

“There hasn’t really been one Member that everyone has coalesced around, but we are looking for someone with a commitment to comprehensive reform,” a senior Democratic aide said.

But a Democratic leadership aide noted that Blue Dogs have not been scrambling to be on the committee, and nor should they, given many may have to sell a tough deal in far-from-safe political districts.

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