With work on the all-important super committee finally kicking into high gear, panel co-chairmen Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) in the leadership suite of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Kyl is also member of the deficit panel.
Though sources close to the principals declined to comment on the nature of the discussions between the leaders, they all confirmed that Pelosi was not present…
Given the timeline of events, it is unclear whether Pelosi knew or asked directly about the larger meeting in her personal talk with Reid, who was the architect of the joint committee and pushed for its inclusion in the Budget Control Act.
If Pelosi is being shut out of Congressional leadership meetings, it would not be the first time. In April’s negotiations to pass a continuing resolution and avert a government shutdown, Pelosi was not in the mix with Reid, Boehner and President Barack Obama, who ended up negotiating the deal.