Like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has to consult her caucus before fully buying into a still-forming debt limit deal.
But unlike Reid, she’s not keeping completely silent. In a statement to reporters outside her office moments ago, she sounded a strong note of doubt about the prospects for members of her caucus supporting the bill.
“We all may not be able to support it,” she said. “And maybe none of us will be able to support it.”Liberals in her caucus are set to revolt. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), a leader among House progressives, blasted the deal in an official statement earlier Sunday.
“”This deal trades peoples’ livelihoods for the votes of a few unappeasable right-wing radicals, and I will not support it,” he said.
And the details may become even less palatable for Democrats, as Republicans grit their teeth over potential defense spending cuts in the bill.
More on that in a moment. But bottom line: Getting majority support for this legislation in the House will be very, very difficult.