Skeptical Senate Democrats seek meeting with Biden on "fiscal cliff" deal: aide

WASHINGTON Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:18pm EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Skeptical U.S. Senate Democrats requested a meeting on Monday with Vice President Joe Biden about the tentative deal on the "fiscal cliff" that he is forging with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, a Democratic Senate aide said.

With the deal apparently short of needed support, Democrats are hopeful that Biden will meet with them, but have not yet received a commitment, the aide said. Some Democrats complain that Biden went too far to find common ground with McConnell. Congress and the White House face a midnight deadline to avert the fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending cuts.

(Editing by Peter Cooney)

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