Last week, Congressional leaders met with Murray and Hensarling in McConnell's office without Pelosi, who was not informed in advance of the meeting. Though it is unclear what was discussed between Reid, McConnell, Boehner and the debt panel members, it raises questions of whether there is division, real or perceived, among Democrats on how hard to push for a super committee deal. No reason was given for Pelosi's exclusion from the meeting.
At an event in Washington, D.C., on Friday hosted by National Journal, super committee member Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) reiterated that he felt all parties were working in good faith.
"I'm absolutely convinced that all 12 members are working hard to try and reach an agreement for the good of the country," Van Hollen said. "Whether we are able to overcome some of the obstacles by the end of the day is still unclear. But everybody is working hard toward that goal."
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.