WASHINGTON Dec 31 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 (0500 GMT
Tuesday) to avert the fiscal cliff of tax hikes and spending