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Temperatures reach melting point in the Senate

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Some lawmakers expressed hope Reid and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would strike a deal by Tuesday morning, but no agreement appeared in sight shortly before 10 p.m. Monday.

“The night is late; we’ve [had] no breaks; we’ve been going steady,” Reid told reporters after the meeting, which spanned more than three hours. “We’ve had a very good conversation. The conversation is going to continue tonight. The votes are scheduled for 10 o’clock in the morning.”

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