Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate names part of Cures bill after Beau Biden Overnight Finance: Trump adviser softens tone on NAFTA | Funding bill to be released Tuesday | GOP leader won't back Trump tariff plan Cures bill clears first Senate hurdle MORE got visibly upset during late night White House talks on avoiding a government shutdown.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidOvernight Tech: FCC eyes cybersecurity role | More trouble for spectrum auction | Google seeks 'conservative outreach' director Cures bill clears first Senate hurdle Dem senator had 'constructive' talk with Trump MORE (D-Nev.) told reporters Friday morning that Biden doesn’t get upset very often, but that he did after hours of negotiations with Republicans at the White House.

“Vice President Biden, who sat very silent through this whole meeting, finally said — and Joe doesn’t get upset very often and he usually doesn’t speak for short segments — but last night he said: ‘Well fine, let the American people decide this issue,’ ” Reid told reporters.

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Obama tapped Biden last month to lead negotiations over spending cuts for the rest of fiscal 2011. Biden is working with White House chief of staff Bill Daley and Budget Director Jack LewJack LewOvernight Finance: House GOP plans short-term spending bill | Senate Republicans not happy | Yellen intends to finish term Lew: Don't paint Wall Street execs with 'broad brushstroke' Dumping Obama’s faux foreign tax legislation should be high on Trump's to-do list MORE to represent the administration in talks with congressional leaders.

The government would shut down at midnight Friday if Congress does not agree to extend funding.