Biden gets fed up during spending talks

Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenYes, this election will change America forever The FCC’s Privacy Problem Strong, committed leadership needed to destroy ISIS MORE got visibly upset during late night White House talks on avoiding a government shutdown.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidSenate passes funding bill to avoid shutdown Congress votes to override Obama for first time Cornyn: White House 'MIA' during 9/11 debate 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 LewBusinesses urge Treasury to withdraw proposed estate tax rules Overnight Finance: Senate rejects funding bill as shutdown looms | Labor Dept. to probe Wells Fargo | Fed to ease stress test rules for small banks Ohio businesses: Treasury rules would hurt job creation 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.