House Democrats Want Their Views To Be Taken Into Account During Budget Negotiations

Don't want the White House making deals unilaterally


House Democrats are making it known that they won't serve as a rubber stamp for fiscal deals that the White House negotiates this fall.    

They say their views must be taken into account because Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is likely to need their votes to pass legislation that funds the government and hikes the debt ceiling.

"In the House when you have a got a core group of hard-right Republicans that oppose any kind of negotiated agreement, that obviously means that House Democrats have to be at the negotiating table,' Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the ranking member on the House Budget Committee, told The Hill this week.