Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) met Tuesday, a sign they might take a larger role in deficit talks, congressional aides say.
A leadership aide said Reid and Boehner discussed a range of topics in Boehner’s office but declined to provide any details.
Some congressional sources interpreted the meeting as a sign that the deficit-reduction talks of the supercommittee are moving to the leadership level.
But leadership aides in the Senate and House say the meeting does not signal that Reid and Boehner are taking over the floundering negotiations.
“They’re not about to dive in,” said one aide.
A bigger role for Reid and Boehner in the talks seems the next logical step, however, as supercommittee members acknowledge they are at an impasse with only eight days until the Nov. 23 deadline.