Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Pelosi Is Working as Boehner's Whip Pelosi Is Working as Boehner's Whip

NEXT :
This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Not a member or subscriber? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation

 

Leadership

Pelosi Is Working as Boehner's Whip

+

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., left, and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, sit together during a ceremony to award the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to Constantino Brumidi in recognition of his artistic contributions to the United States Capitol building, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Shortly afterwards, the two leaders squared off against each other over a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 

pelosi.jpg

 

When Rep. Nancy Pelosi told Speaker John Boehner that House Democrats would support the extension of the Bush tax cuts for "middle class" Americans earning between $250,000 and $1 million a year it was, as Bill Clinton used to say, a big deal.

In defining "middle class" as folks earning up to $999,999 a year, Pelosi was sending a signal to the country (and particularly to independent voters and suburbanites in swing districts) that House Democrats would not be obstructionists in the forthcoming negotiations to solve the country's fiscal mess.

(RELATED: For Subscribers--Boehner's Secret Weapons)

But here's something else to keep in mind as Congress plods toward its year-end showdown. Without the votes of House Democrats, a grand bargain on taxes and spending isn't likely to become law.

The Republican caucus is divided, with a sizable conservative faction that views debt caused by federal spending as the direst threat to the nation, with tax hikes a close second. To pass the big tax and spending measures, like those that the House will face at the end of the year, Boehner has relied on a bipartisan majority.

Pelosi has been working as the speaker's whip.

Don't Miss Today's Top Stories

Excellent!"

Rick, Executive Director for Policy

Concise coverage of everything I wish I had hours to read about."

Chuck, Graduate Student

The day's action in one quick read."

Stacy, Director of Communications

I find them informative and appreciate the daily news updates and enjoy the humor as well."

Richard, VP of Government Affairs

Chock full of usable information on today's issues. "

Michael, Executive Director

Sign up form for the newsletter
MORE NATIONAL JOURNAL