Biden gets fed up during spending talks

Vice President Joe Biden got visibly upset during late night White House talks on avoiding a government shutdown.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (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 Lew 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.