According to GOP aides, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) told Members they would be given at least 24 hours' notice before they needed to return to Washington for votes on any payroll tax extension bill.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) were on the floor this morning expressing optimism about the ongoing talks on extenders. Reid said negotiators are making "really good progress" on finding an agreement. It was the second day of good feelings from the two rivals, but aides acknowledged there's still much work left to be done before leaders can shake on a deal.
McConnell, through a spokesman, also said today that he would not support any agreement that did not include the Keystone pipeline. He is slated to talk about the issue on the floor early this afternoon.
Jessica Brady and John Stanton contributed to this report.
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.