Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Intrigue, secret talks grip Capitol Hill


Partisan tensions could hardly be worse in the House, but on Friday afternoon Speaker John Boehner walked into Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Capitol suite for a cordial session with his Democratic counterpart.

The two leaders used the meeting - called at Pelosi’s request - to size each other up, and no offers were made, sources said. But Boehner knows that any debt limit deal will need Democratic votes in the end, and Pelosi knows that some of her Democrats want to sign onto a bipartisan deal to raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling.

The civil back channel meeting last week stands in stark contrast to what Boehner and Pelosi were telling their rank-and-file on Tuesday in order to fire them up and strengthen their own positions.

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