Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is staying tight-lipped on the debt limit, urging his Conference to keep its options open and waiting to see what the White House puts on the table.
Several Senators said they still hope that the bipartisan “gang of six” will ultimately reach a broad agreement that could jump-start the talks. But the group is on a hiatus, with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) out of town for a family illness, and it risks becoming irrelevant as the talks head to the leadership level instead.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.