An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) as a member of the "gang of eight" working on deficit reduction. Alexander is a supporter of the group but not a member. It also misidentified Sen. John Cornyn's position in the Texas GOP Senate primary. Cornyn was officially neutral in the race.
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.