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Pelosi, Obama meet at White House

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi met face-to-face with President Obama on Friday, a congressional source said, as key talks over how to avoid the year-end fiscal cliff proceed.

The source said the meeting was called to discuss a "number of issues." It came as critical negotiations to avoid a combination of year-end tax increases and automatic spending cuts have focused on direct talks between Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). Boehner and Obama spoke by phone on Wednesday and their staffs communicated on Thursday.

Asked Friday if she was satisfied with her communication with the White House, Pelosi said congressional Democrats and the president have been in close touch.

"I don't necessarily talk about when and how many times I speak to the president, but I'm very satisfied with the communication that I have with the president," she said, adding that their staffs speak and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a lead Democrat on budget issues, is also in close communication with the White House.

"The president knows our views; he shares our values. We feel confident in any negotiation that he takes the lead in," she said.

Rosalind Helderman is a political enterprise and investigations reporter for the Washington Post.



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