WASHINGTON–Vice President Joe Biden–trying to sell a deal–with less than three hours left to the fiscal cliff deadline–just entered a meeting with Senate Democrats. Walking in with him to the closed-door session was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the number two leader in the Senate.
“Happy New Year,” Biden said three times to the throng of reporters staking out the Democratic caucus. “Don’t you all enjoy being here New Year’s Eve?”
Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spent much of the last 24 hours negotiating the deal. Biden is making this visit–in a historic New Year’s Eve session–because some Democrats worried that Biden gave away too much.